Longtime Mariner Willie Bloomquist, a free agent, has reached agreement on a two-year contract with the Royals, MLB.com reported Friday.
Bloomquist, 31, played seven seasons with the Mariners, who drafted him in the third round out of Arizona State in 1999. He is a graduate of South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard.
According to the MLB.com report, Bloomquist is expected to compete for the Royals' second base job with Alberto Callaspo.
"He's an on-base guy, a speed-type player and a hustler,'' Royals general manager Dayton Moore told MLB.com. "He's a Craig Counsell-type player who really plays hard, hustles, and knows how to play.''
The deal, pending the results of a physical exam Bloomquist is taking today in Kansas City, is believed to be worth about $3 million for the two years. He earned $950,000 last year in the final season of a two-year, $1.825 million contract.
Bloomquist, who played every position in the infield and outfield, had a .263 average in 540 games for the Mariners. This past season, he hit .279 in 71 games but had just one extra-base hit in 165 at-bats.
Bloomquist tended to polarize Mariners' fans, a portion of whom lauded his "grit" and believed he deserved more playing time, and a portion of whom mocked what they believed to be a level of adulation disproportionate to his skill level.