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February 16, 2009 at 5:15 PM

Fields signs for $1.75 million

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Here’s the video of today’s press conference (if it doesn’t come up right away, it’s still uploading. Give it a few minutes.) By the way, Larry Stone has a Ken Griffey Jr. update on his blog. No, he hasn’t made up his mind yet. Griffey, not Larry.

It took a while for the second part of his physical to get done, not to mention paperwork that held things up yesterday, but Josh Fields is now a Mariner — both sides splitting the difference between the $2 million he’s wanted and the $1.5 million Seattle had offered.
Fields is on a minor league contract but will be invited to major league camp. He should be out on the field tomorrow. Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik says he has some ground to make up, having sat out since being drafted with Seattle’s first selection last June, but his power arm could get him up to the majors more quickly than it takes most prospects.
Fields was the closer for the University of Georgia.
“I realized that there was a business to it and that to get things done was going to take some time,” Fields said.
Zduriencik added: “Our desire to get him into camp was important as was his desire to get going.”

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