The Mariners made a move to bolster their roster Saturday by reaching a one-year, $7 million contract with free agent outfielder AJ Pollock, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. The deal, which is pending a physical, has not been confirmed by the club.
Pollock, 35, hit .245/.292/.389 in 527 games with the White Sox in 2022, with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs. Those numbers were down from his 2021 season with the Dodgers, when he hit .297/.355/.536 with 21 home runs and 69 RBIs in 422 games.
Pollock, who had a .935 OPS against lefties last year, is listed as the starter in left field for the Mariners in 2023, alongside AL Rookie of the Year Julio Rodríguez in center field and newcomer Teoscar Hernández in center field. the right.
Last month, the Mariners added second baseman Kolten Wong in a trade with the Brewers, who got Seattle’s 2022 starting left fielder Jesse Winker and infielder Abraham Toro.
Pollock was an All-Star and Gold Glove winner in 2015 with the D-backs, who took him in the first round (17th overall pick) of the 2009 MLB Draft. He played seven seasons (2012-18) with the Arizona before signing as a free agent with the Dodgers before the 2020 season. The Dodgers traded him to the White Sox in exchange for Craig Kimbrel just before the 2022 season.