Mariners Ink Five Arbitration-eligible Players to Deals

The Seattle Mariners have avoided arbitration hearings with five of their six eligible players, signing outfielders Austin JacksonDustin Ackley and Justin Ruggianofirst baseman Logan Morrison and left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush.

Right-handed pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen is the only arbitration-eligible player the Mariners have yet to sign.

Austin Jackson, acquired by the Mariners at last season’s trade deadline, agreed to a $7.7 million contract for this upcoming season. In 2014, he hit .229/.267/.260 with 14 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 54 games with the M’s. Jackson, who made $6 million in 2014, is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

Outfielder Dustin Ackley agreed to a $2.6 million contract and will receive a bonus of $500,000 if he has 500 plate appearances. It was his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 26-year old outfielder looks like he could potentially be turning the corner after a rough start to his Major League career. Now a full-time outfielder, Ackley hit .245/.295/.398 in 542 plate appearances with career-highs in homers (14) and RBI (65) last season.

The recently-acquired outfielder Justin Ruggiano agreed to a $2.5 million contract for the 2015 season. As a member of the Chicago Cubs last season, Ruggiano hit .281/.337/.429 with six homers and 28 RBI in 81 games. This is Ruggiano’s second year of arbitration and he is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.

Logan Morrison, in his second year of arbitration, agreed to a $2.725 million contract with the Mariners. In his first season as a Mariner, Morrison played in 99 games and hit .262/.315/.420 with 11 homers and 38 RBI.

Furbush agreed to a $1.3 million deal in his first year of arbitration. In 42.1 innings last season, Furbush was 1-5 with a 3.61 ERA.

Wilhelmsen, who has yet to sign, was 3-2 with a 2.27 ERA in 2014.

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