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February 13, 2009 at 6:02 PM

View replay of Geoff Baker Live! from today

Here are the results of our poll taken during the show:
Which Mariners player will hit the best?
Ken Griffey Jr. — 42 %
Franklin Gutierrez — 26 %
Russell Branyan — 22 %
Wladimir Balentien — 11 %
By the way, I just got off the phone with GM Jack Zduriencik, who assured me that Josh Fields has yet to be officially signed.
“I don’t comment on players who haven’t signed,” Zduriencik said. “And I don’t comment on players I have an agreement in principle with who haven’t signed. The only time I would offer a comment is on a player who has signed a contract with us.”
Now, this could be code for Zduriencik saying a deal has been reached but he’s going to wait until after the physical to announce it. The big question here is whether Fields will be invited to major league camp.
The timing of the agreement in principle, if indeed one has been reached, would seem to suggest that’s possible. Minor leaguers don’t have to report for a while, but pitchers and catchers invited to major league camp take the field tomorrow. Though I should also mention, the team’s winter conditioning program is going on right now as well and it’s possible the team could want Fields — who hasn’t pitched since June — to get a head start in his workouts.
In other words, don’t expect to see Fields take part in tomorrow’s workout. The two sides might be close, but it’s yet to happen. Though, if an agreement has been reached, he could be out there by Sunday.
We’ll see.

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