Mariners acquire outfielder AJ Pollock

– Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Justin Hollander announced that the Mariners have signed outfielder AJ Pollock to a 1-year Major League contract through the 2023 season.

“AJ is a terrific fit for our roster,” Mariners President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto said. “Among many quality traits, his high character and baseball I.Q. are tailor-made for our group, while his experiences in key roles for championship quality teams will no doubt provide value in our ongoing development.”

Pollock (PAH-lik), 35, appeared in 138 games with the Chicago White Sox in 2022, batting .245 (120×489) with 61 runs, 26 doubles, 1 triple, 14 home runs, 56 RBI and 32 walks. The right-handed hitting outfielder hit .286 (36×126) with 9 doubles, 11 home runs, 25 RBI and a .935 OPS against left-handed pitchers in 2022.

 Pollock has appeared in 11 Major League seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks (2012-18), Los Angeles Dodgers (2019-21) and White Sox (2022), batting .276 (1010×3654) with 560 runs, 221 doubles, 32 triples, 140 home runs, 470 RBI, 122 stolen bases and 282 walks in 1,033 games.

 The outfielder made the National League All-Star team with Arizona in 2015, winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award that season for his play in center field. Pollock has also appeared in 34 postseason games and won a World Series championship with the Dodgers in 2020. The Hebron, Connecticut native was selected by Arizona in the 1st round (17th overall) of the 2009 MLB FirstYear Player Draft out of the University of Notre Dame. He made his Major League debut with the Diamondbacks on April 18, 2012.

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