Mariners, Woodward agree to minor league deal

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SEATTLE (AP) — Reserve infielder Chris Woodward and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik (zur-REN-cik) said Wednesday that Woodward “was a role model and mentor as well as a contributor on the field” for Seattle last year.

The 33-year-old veteran of 10 major league seasons with Toronto, the New York Mets, Atlanta, Seattle and Boston played in 20 games for the Mariners in 2009 after starting the season at Triple-A Tacoma.

He hit .239 and started games at shortstop, second base and third base before Boston claimed him off waivers in August.

Woodward then played in 13 games with the Red Sox.