On a day when plenty of things are going on around Peoria, general manager Jack Zduriencik added another move to the fray, acquiring utility infielder/outfielder Chris Burke from the San Diego Padres for future cash considerations.
"As we continue to build depth in our organization, we thought Chris was a nice fit as insurance at a number of positions on our big league club," Zduriencik said.
Burke was a non-roster invitee with the Padres and will join the Mariners major League spring training camp also as a non-roster invitee.
Not sure how this all works for the remaining guys in camp like Reegie Corona, a Rule V guy, who either the Mariners will have to make a trade for to keep if he isn't on the 25-man roster. Also, it's another guy that probably moves ahead of Mike Morse as well. But because he was signed to a minor league deal, Burke can be optioned to Triple A Tacoma.
Burke, 29, has started a game in the big leagues at every position except pitcher and catcher. He spent the 2008 season with the Arizona Diamondbacks and saw action at six different positions, including all four infield spots. He played five different positions with the Astros in 2007.
In all, Burke has spent all or parts of five seasons in the big leagues with Houston (2004-2007) and Arizona (2008). He was a part of the 2005 Astros team that advanced to the World Series.
Last season, Burke hit .194 (32-for-165) with 5 doubles, 1 triple and 2 home runs. Despite playing six positions, he committed just one error in 193 total chances.