The deal includes an invite to spring training. Baker will be given an opportunity to compete for the backup catching position. In 2014, Baker hit .192 with no home runs and 15 RBI in 182 at-bats.
The acquisition of J.A. Happ means
However, McClendon hasn't totally given up on the idea of Wilhelmsen potentially transitioning to a starting role down the road, per MLB.com.
"I don't think it's totally dead," McClendon said. "I would say it's probably a long shot. My plan, as we speak right now, is to maybe stretch him out in spring and just play with it a little bit and see what happens, but I think it's a long shot. He was just so good in the role he was in, it'd be hard to take him out of that role."
Wilhelmsen pitched multiple innings in 24 of his 57 appearances last year. The former closer went 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings.
"I really tried not to change anything at all, [other than] try to simplify a little bit," Wilhelmsen said. "If I was going in in the fourth inning, I knew I'd have to throw two or three innings and I just really attacked the zone. But it's not like you don't attack the zone any other time. It's the same thing. You have to get outs."
Gutierrez spent all of last season on the restricted list due to gastrointestinal issues. The two sides were rumored to be discussing a reunion, and officially made the deal happen on Monday. Gutierrez, 31, hit .248/.273/.503 over 145 at-bats back in 2013.
The Mariners ranked last in the majors last season in on-base percentage (.260) from their No. 2 hitters. No other team was lower than .279.
Smith had a .367 OBP last season for San Diego, while Ruggiano had a .337 OBP in 81 games for the Cubs.
After being acquired by the
"Not making excuses, but I think getting traded and trying to get used to the travel and the sleep - those things affect your play on the field," Jackson said.
By starting the season in Seattle, Jackson said he hopes to avoid the distractions from last season and he's looking to return to his old form.
"Hopefully, getting started here and staying here, those distractions won't be there," Jackson said.
|2014 Team Leaders|
|AVG||Robinson Cano , 2B||.314|
|HR||Kyle Seager , 3B||25|
|RBI||Kyle Seager , 3B||96|
|OBP||Robinson Cano , 2B||.382|
|SLG||Kyle Seager , 3B||.454|
|R||Robinson Cano , 2B||77|
|SB||James Jones , CF||27|
|W||Hisashi Iwakuma , SP||15|
|ERA||Felix Hernandez , SP||2.14|
|WHIP||Felix Hernandez , SP||0.92|
|K||Felix Hernandez , SP||248|
|SV||Fernando Rodney , RP||48|
|Full Team Statistics|
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