Mariners Insider Blog

Mariners sign a Barnstormer

The Seattle Mariners haven't changed their Major League roster, but new GM Jack Zduriencik's front office team continues beating the bushes for talent – and they've come up with a first baseman.

Ian Michael Bladergroen, 25, is a long (6-foot-4) and lanky (195 pounds) left-handed hitter with power who played last year with the Independent League Lancaster Barnstormers, batting .260 with 15 home runs and 51 RB I in 89 games.

The Mariners signed him to a minor league contract, and he may be invited to the big-league camp.

Drafted by the Mets, traded to the Red Sox, Bladergroen has never played as many as 100 games in a season. No, the Mariners don't view him as the answer. Yes, they do see him – like outfielder Steve Moss, signed two weeks ago – as a player who can fill a role in the minor league system while they take a look at him.

If you want a look ag Bladergroen's career numbers,

here's the link