SEATTLE, Wash. --—Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club has signed utility player Chris Woodward to a minor league contract. Woodward will be invited to Major League Spring Training.
"Chris played an important role for us in 2009 and filled gaps when needed," said Zduriencik. "He is a great guy and served as a role model and a mentor as well as contributor on the field. We are happy that he will be returning to the Mariners organization and we look forward to his continued contributions in 2010."
Woodward, 33, was also a non-roster invitee with the Mariners last season. After starting the season in Tacoma (AAA), he saw action in 20 games with Seattle from June 19-Aug. 4. He batted .239 (16x67) with 5 RBI, seeing action at shortstop (1 G/1 GS), second base (5 G/4 GS) and third base (15 G/14 GS).
He was claimed off waivers by Boston on Aug. 7 and played in 13 games in three stints with the Red Sox.
Woodward has played parts of 10 Major League seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays (1999-2004), New York Mets (2005-06), Atlanta Braves (2007), Mariners (2009) and Boston Red Sox (2009). In 640 career Major League games, Woodward has compiled a .242 batting average (405x1677) with 33 home runs and 191 RBI. He was the Blue Jays Opening Day starting shortstop in 2003 & 2004. He was originally selected by Toronto in the 54th round of the 1994 June draft.