Mariners secure outfielder Langerhans
Club re-signs free agent after non-tender decision
SEATTLE -- Ryan Langerhans is a Mariner once again, and it took less than a week for the reunion to take place.
The Mariners on Friday signed the reserve outfielder, acquired from the Nationals on June 28 in exchange for Mike Morse, to a one-year Major League contract six days after Langerhans was non-tendered by Seattle. Langerhans' re-signing puts the Mariners' 40-man roster at 39 players.
"Ryan did a great job for us last year," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. "He came in played all three outfield positions for us, played first base, and was a valuable extra piece."
Langerhans played in 38 games for Seattle in 2009, batting .218 with three homers and 10 RBIs, including a pair of game-winning, extra-inning home runs at home against the Rays on Aug. 7 and the Athletics on Aug. 25. Langerhans also played in 64 games for Washington's Triple-A affiliate, batting .278 with nine home runs and 40 RBIs.
Langerhans, who has played mostly left field throughout his seven years in the big leagues but also has significant experience in center and right field, will rejoin a bevy of players capable of manning left field that includes new acquisition Milton Bradley, rookie Michael Saunders and multi-purpose players Bill Hall and Chone Figgins. Langerhans sports a career .232 batting average for four teams.
"He wanted to come back here," Zduriencik said. "He wanted to be a part of this. He's going to come in Spring Training and compete for a job just like any other player is going to come into Spring Training and compete for a job."
Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.