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January 10, 2011 at 2:15 PM

Mariners sign infielder Adam Kennedy to a minor league deal

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Well, you could say the Mariners just imported some World Series experience with their latest move. Adam Kennedy was a big part of the 2002 Angels winning it all, especially in the decisive game of the ALCS against the Twins, when he belted three home runs. It was the sixth three-homer game in MLB playoff history.
Kennedy, a career .308 post-season hitter, has moved on in years — and teams — since then.
The birthday boy, who turned 35 today, just signed a minor league deal with the Mariners. He’ll be invited to spring training, pushing Brendan Ryan, Josh Wilson and Dustin Ackley for that second base job in spring training.
Kennedy has also played first base and third base in the majors, so he could be in line for a backup infielder’s job if he has a great spring. Don’t forget, if Ryan lands the starting second base job, he could also, in theory, serve as the backup shortstop, leaving Kennedy to compete with Wilson for the backup spot at other infield positions.
Wilson is on the 40-man roster at the moment, but his salary is not guaranteed unless he makes the club out of spring training. Something to keep in mind.


This time yesterday, if incumbent shortstop Jack Wilson was to suffer another injury, the M’s would likely have put Josh Wilson at shortstop in his place and kept Ryan at second base.
But if Kennedy was to beat out Josh Wilson for the backup job, you could move Ryan to shortstop in the event of a Jack Wilson injury and then put Kennedy at second base. It all depends on which player — Josh Wilson or Kennedy — you think would give the lineup a better bat. Kennedy, a left-handed hitter, has the better offensive track record, but, at age 35, you have to monitor a player like him from spring to spring to make sure he can still catch up to pitches.
If he can, then his bat appears to be an upgrade over what Josh Wilson tends to show when given prolonged playing time.
Kennedy can also play the outfield corners in an emergency.
Anyhow, he has to make the team out of spring training and with Josh Wilson already on the roster, it will take quite the showing. But you never know. At least there will be some camp competition here on multiple fronts.
Since playing for the Angels from 2000 to 2006, Kennedy has been with the St. Louis Cardinals, the Oakland A’s and, last season, with the Washington Nationals. Kennedy appeared in 135 games with Washington last season, hitting .249 with three homers, 16 doubles and 31 runs batted in.

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