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Mariners sign free agent infielder Munenori Kasaski

A week after he broke the news in Japan, the Seattle Mariners announced the signing of shortstop/infielder Munenori Kasaski to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

"Being able to add a player with the resume that Kawasaki possesses is very good news for the Mariners,” general manager Jack Zduriencik said. “We are looking forward to having him compete for a Major League position in Spring Training. He is a high-energy player with a record of success in Japan.”

 An eight-time All-Star in Japan, the 30-year-old Kawasaki has a .294 career average over 1,145 games.

Kawasaki joins good friend Ichiro Suzuki and newly-signed pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma as Mariners this spring, and will likely compete for a job off the Seattle bench as a reserve infielder.