Just another note on the Jason Bay signing, which will be announced shortly. Bay is to earn $1 million in base salary and another $2 million in incentives if he makes the team out of spring training.
But if he doesn’t make the team, his contract pays only $500,000.
Anyhow, the winter meetings, as you know, ended this morning with the Rule 5 draft. The Mariners, as expected, did not select anybody in the major league portion, but they also did not lose anyone as some had feared.
Seattle did take a player in the Class AAA portion of the draft. The Mariners selected second baseman and left fielder Eric Farris, 26, from the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Farris went 1-for-9 in 13 plate appearances for the Brewers last season and had another at-bat for them in 2011.
He hit .286 with a .706 OPS in AAA last season.
Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik was still with Milwaukee back in 2007 when Farris was drafted by the Brewers in the fourth round out of Loyola Marymount University.