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M's to sign Japanese catcher Johjima


By Bob Finnigan

Seattle Times staff reporter


Scoring the first big-name free-agent signing of the offseason, the Mariners will announce the signing of catcher Kenji Johjima, possibly as soon as today.


Sources say that Johjima has agreed to terms with Seattle. His name is much bigger in Japan, where he has averaged .305 with 30 homers the past five years and won seven straight Gold Gloves.


The Mariners increased their offer late last week from two years plus a club option for a third year to more than $5 million a year for three years, a deal that also includes incentives.

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I feel bad for Yorvit Torrealba. He's had to backup Benito Santiago, A.J Pierzynski, then when he thought he was the starter, the Giants went out and signed Mike Matheny. By being traded to Seattle, he thought he was getting his chance. I hope the trade to Colorado happens, so he gets his chance to start.. That would also eliminate the Rockies from getting Paul LoDuca... :D

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