Shortstop Jack Wilson has accepted Seattle's two-year contract offer to remain with the Mariners through 2011.
"I didn’t accomplish what I wanted after I came to Seattle, and once the season ended, Jack (Zduriencik) and I had a mutual interest in my coming back. I’m happy to have the chance to show how I can play."
Wilson, who turns 32 next month, played in just 31 games after being acquired from Pittsburgh in a July 29 deal that brought Ian Snell to th Mariners and sent Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno and minor leagues to the Pirates.
Bothered by a hamstring strain, Wilson missed most of the last month with a bruised heel.
"I know Jack was disappointed in the way he played here. This guy can play defense, he’s a premiere defensive player at a key position," Mariners GM Zduriencik said. "It was the right thing for us at this time, and I'm delighted to have him.
A .268 career hitter, Wilson was considered one of the best defensive shortstops in the National League, and last season won the Fielding Bible Award as the best-fielding shortstop in the majors.
The two-year, $10 million deal was agreed upon in lieu of the team picking up Wilson's one-year, $8.2 million option.
"You can’t detach from place you played so long," Wilson said of the transition from Pittsburgh. "Mostly, it was just watching the guys play - Ichiro, Junior, Felix - I can go on and on. I was nervous because of the guys I was playing with. They’re upper-level, Hall of Fame-type players. I’d like to get used to winning."