Carlos Guillen Returns to Mariners
The Mariners announced today the signing of Carlos Guillen to a minor league contact with an invite to Major League Spring Training. Mariners fans are very familiar with Guillen, as he made his Major League debut with the club in 1998 and played six seasons in the Emerald City (1998-2003).
Guillen has played in parts of 14 Major League seasons with Seattle (1998-2003) and Detroit (2004-2011). He is a career .285 (1331×4673) hitter with 733 runs, 266 doubles, 51 triples, 124, 660 RBI in 1,305 Major League games. In a five-season stretch from 2004-2008, Guillen was selected to three All-Star Games (2004, 2007, 2008) and combined to bat .308 (734×2383) with 157 doubles, 30 triples, 75 home runs and 361 RBI.
General Manager Jack Zduriencik said this morning that there are a number of things to like about inviting Carlos to spring training and giving him every opportunity to make the club. He noted his versatility in the field, potential middle-of-the-lineup presence, clubhouse leadership and his playoff experience.
And here is an inside look into the Baseball Information side of things when we add a player to the roster with as much experience as Guillen. This stat line alone will take up two pages in the media guide!