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Mariners sign first baseman/outfielder Brad Nelson

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik added a familiar face to the Mariners, signing first baseman Brad Nelson to a minor league contract earlier today.

Nelson was with the Milwaukee Brewers organization since 2001, after being drafted in the fourth round of the 2001 draft.

Nelson, who hits left-handed with plenty of pop, was with the Brewers this season, but when he was outrighted, instead of choosing to return to Triple A, he chose to become a free agent. Not flawed logic, since he's stuck behind Prince Fielder.

This move makes plenty of sense for the Mariners who are lacking power. Nelson could help supplement it, though he's really never had much of an opportunity to do so at the big league level.

To be fair, acquiring Nelson is something that the USS Mariner has lobbied for often in the past.

Last year at Triple A Nashville, Nelson posted an OPS of .860, hitting 36 doubles, 18 homers and driving in 78 runs in 132 games.

So Nelson a first baseman/outfielder joins a Rainiers team with a few of them on the roster including, Mike Carp, Bryan LaHair and Chris Shelton. Don't forget that Jeff Clement and Mike Morse also work in at first base. But Rainiers manager Daren Brown has moved players around already this year to get at-bats, he can do a little more adjusting.

One thing is for certain, Nelson will give the Rainiers more pop to an already power-laden line-up that is near the top of PCL in home runs with 52, one behind leader Salt Lake.