Mariners Sign Veteran Chris Iannetta to 1-Year Deal
SEATTLE (AP) - Catcher Chris Iannetta has signed a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, giving the club additional options behind the plate.
Seattle announced the signing Monday. The club designated for assignment catcher John Hicks to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Iannetta.
Iannetta spent the past four seasons with the Los Angeles Angels but struggled at the plate in 2015, hitting just .188 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs. The batting average was the lowest of Iannetta's career. A year earlier, he hit .252 in 108 games with the Angels.
New Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto saw Iannetta up close the past few seasons with the Angels and says the addition provides "depth at a critical position."
Seattle will be the third team for Iannetta, who started his career with Colorado.