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Reese signs with Seattle

Mariners continue to revamp infield

Shortstop Pokey Reese agreed yesterday to a $1.2 million, one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners, an agreement with a club option that could make the deal worth up to $4.45 million over two seasons.

Reese, who played in 96 games last season for the World Series champion Red Sox, received a $100,000 signing bonus with a base salary for next season of $800,000 and up to $300,000 in performance bonuses.

Seattle has a $2.25 million option that could escalate to $2.75 million depending on starts this year, and he could make up to $500,000 in performance bonuses during the second season.

The 31-year-old Reese made 57 starts at shortstop and 18 at second base for the Sox. He missed 45 games with a strained rib cage and played late in the season as a defensive substitute.

"We are rolling the dice a little bit," Seattle general manager Bill Bavasi said. "We still have to make sure we have others capable of playing shortstop behind him, but he's never begged off playing. His injuries have been real."

He's played only 133 games over the past two seasons but made just six errors in 280 chances last season at shortstop, a .979 fielding average, and one error in 113 chances at second base for a .991 fielding average.

He'll join an infield in Seattle that includes Bret Boone at second base and two other free agent pickups on the corners: Adrian Beltre at third base and Richie Sexson at first. Last season, the Mariners played veteran Rich Aurilia and rookie Jose Lopez at shortstop.

Reese hit .221 last season with seven doubles, two triples, three home runs, and six stolen bases. He's a .248 career hitter in nine seasons who has stolen at least 25 bases four times.

LA's Perez re-signs
Odalis Perez agreed to re-sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers, tentatively coming to terms on a $24 million, three-year contract. The deal, likely to be completed within a few days, was confirmed by a person close to the pitcher who spoke on condition of anonymity. Dodgers spokesman John Olguin said the team had no comment. Perez was 7-6 with a 3.25 ERA in 31 starts last year. He led the majors with 18 no-decisions and had the worst run support among NL starters, at 3.30 runs per nine innings. In addition, the Dodgers avoided arbitration with outfielder Milton Bradley by agreeing to a $2.5 million, one-year contract . . . Alan Nero, one of Randy Johnson's agents, started talks with the New York Yankees for a contract extension for the Big Unit. The Yankees have until Friday to agree to deal with Johnson as part of the proposed trade with Arizona. Johnson is making $16 million this season and would be eligible for free agency without the extension. Because of his no-trade clause, Johnson has the right to block a trade . . . Carlos Beltran's agent said he has now received offers from all teams involved in negotiations for the free agent center fielder. Scott Boras met with officials from the New York Mets in Puerto Rico, and he said more talks are planned. The Houston Astros have announced a Saturday deadline to re-sign Beltran. Boras didn't identify the other teams that made offers . . . Baltimore Orioles pitcher Sidney Ponson was released from jail in Oranjestad, Aruba, after being held for a week while police investigated allegations he punched a judge on a beach in Aruba. The 28-year-old righthander faces charges of public violence and simple aggression . . . Pitcher Jeff Zimmerman's minor league contract with the Texas Rangers was rejected by the commissioner's office. Texas agreed to the deal Dec. 21, but when the Rangers didn't offer Zimmerman salary arbitration Dec. 7, they became ineligible to sign the righthanded reliever until May 1. Zimmerman, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2001 because of elbow problems, wants to remain with the team and continue his rehabilitation . . . Free agent infielder Ramon Martinez agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers worth $1,025,000. Martinez hit .246 with three homers and 30 RBIs for the Chicago Cubs last season, playing 73 games at shortstop, 24 at third, and six at second.

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