The Mariners are adding depth to their outfield. agreeing Tuesday to a minor league contract with former All-Star Carlos González, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.
González’s deal is pending a successful physical, the person said on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the agreement. If added to the 40-man roster, González would get a one-year contract with a $750,000 salary in the major leagues.
USA Today first reported the deal.
González is several years removed from being at his best when he was in Colorado. González was an All-Star in 2012-13 and 2016 with the Rockies. The 34-year-old played with the Rockies through 2018, when he hit .276 with 16 home runs and 64 RBI in 132 games for Colorado.
Last season, González signed a minor league deal with Cleveland and was called up by the Indians in mid-April. He appeared in 30 games, then was cut.
González latched on with the Cubs, lasted just 15 games and was released in late June. He batted .200 in 145 plate appearances and did not play during the final three months of the season.
González would appear to be a longshot to make Seattle’s roster with the Mariners focus on their young players and a glut of corner outfielders. But the unknown status of Mitch Haniger after core muscle surgery has opened up an opportunity in right field, at least early in the season. González is likely to be lumped in with the likes of Jake Fraley, Braden Bishop and Kyle Lewis in competition for the corner outfield spots until Haniger returns.