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Mariners reportedly bring on G. Sanchez

First baseman linked to Minors deal after 1 season in Japan
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SEATTLE -- Gaby Sanchez, a one-time National League All-Star first baseman who played in Japan last year, has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Mariners that includes an invitation to Major League camp, according to ESPN.com.

The Mariners have not confirmed the report.

SEATTLE -- Gaby Sanchez, a one-time National League All-Star first baseman who played in Japan last year, has agreed to a Minor League contract with the Mariners that includes an invitation to Major League camp, according to ESPN.com.

The Mariners have not confirmed the report.

Sanchez, 32, posted a .226/.328/.392 line with seven home runs and 18 RBIs in 199 at-bats over 66 games for Rakuten in Japan's Pacific League in 2015.

The Florida native was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2011, when he hit .266 with 19 homers and 78 RBIs, and he owns a career line of .254/.332/.413 in seven Major League seasons with the Marlins and Pirates.

Sanchez hit .229 with seven homers and 33 RBIs in 262 at-bats in his last Major League season with Pittsburgh in 2014.

Sanchez joins a growing list of first-base candidates headed to Mariners camp next month. General manager Jerry Dipoto acquired Adam Lind from the Brewers to be the starter, with Jesus Montero a potential platoon candidate as a right-handed-hitting returnee.

And left-handed-hitting Travis Ishikawa and right-handed-hitting Sanchez have agreed to Minor League deals and camp invites, giving the Mariners some veteran depth at the position.

Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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