Mariners sign Mike Ford to minor league deal

Mariners sign Mike Ford to minor league deal

Mike Ford is back with the Mariners on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to his Transaction Log.

Ford played 16 major league games with Seattle in 2022, while ultimately bouncing between four different organizations — the Giants, Braves and Angels being the other three. He had 149 total big league plate appearances and hit just .206/.302/.313 overall with three home runs and 40 strikeouts.

The first baseman and DH, now 30, burst onto the MLB scene with the Yankees in 2019 and posted a sparkling .909 OPS, but has struggled to a combined .570 OPS in 305 plate appearances in the big plate since that promising debut. campaign in the Bronx. Given his defensive limitations and age, the long-term outlook here isn’t exactly promising. He also doesn’t look good on the short-term outlook with AJ Pollock, Tommy La Stella and a handful of top options fighting for turns at DH in Seattle.

Ford has been a part of the Mariners organization: Rule 5 drafted, released, re-signed, released and then re-signed multiple times in the past. He will likely return as nothing more than a depth piece in spring camp for the M’s, who suffered the longest postseason drought in American professional sports last season and will aim to chase down the defending champion Astros. the World Series. AL West this year after another active winter piloted by hyperactive president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto.

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