Hopping on a plane here in Orlando, but I just got off the phone with Miguel Olivo, who is in the Dominican Republic, and he confirmed he has agreed to a two-year, $7-million deal with the Mariners.
Olivo also said he isn’t coming to Seattle to be the backup.
“All I know is, I’m the No. 1 catcher,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been told.”
Olivo is still waiting to have another conversation with his agent. He has to take a physical, but probably won’t until next week.
He also hasn’t spoken directly with Mariners officials. That means he hasn’t been bried about incumbent catcher Adam Moore and what the team’s plans are for him.
“All I know is, I’m going there to be the everyday guy,” he said. “To be the No. 1. I’m very excited to be going back to Seattle. I thought the fans liked me when I was there and I like the city.”
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Olivo’s struggles hitting at Safeco Field have been well documented. But he says that was a long time ago. He’s since put up better numbers after leaving in 2005.
“I’m not the same player I was back then,” he said. “This time, it’s going to be different. I’m looking forward to another chance there.”
Moore’s status remains a mystery. He does have minor league options left, and the team could — in theory — trade Olivo at mid-season if Moore suddenly breaks out.
But team officials, while not saying so publically, are clearly concerned about his ability of Moore to lead the team behind the plate going forward. The Mariners entered the off-season with $10 million or so in payroll flexibility for 2011 and have committed about 60 percent of that to Olivo and Jack Cust already.