Mariners Ink C John Buck To One-Year Deal

(1090 The Fan) — The Seattle Mariners have signed veteran catcher John Buck to a one-year, $1 million deal, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Presently, Seattle has three catchers on its 40-man roster: Mike Zunino, Jesus Sucre and Jesus Montero.

Buck, 33, spent the 2013 season with both the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. On August 27, he and Marlon Byrd were sent to the Pirates for Dilson Herrera and eventually Vic Black.

Prior to the deal, the 2010 All-Star played in 101 games for New York last season and held a line of .215/.285/.267. After being shipped to Pittsburgh, he became a backup to Russell Martin and only appeared in nine regular season games.

As a catcher, Buck has a career fielding percentage of .992 and after his rookie campaign in 2004 has only averaged 4.5 passed balls per season.

The $1 million contract comes after Buck spent the past two season earning $6 million annually.

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