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Ryan Garko-Seattle Mariners: Garko to Add More Offense

DENVER - AUGUST 23:  Ryan Garko #23 of the San Francisco Giants takes an at bat against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on August 23, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Giants 4-2.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Cole ClaybournCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2010

The Seattle Mariners have been the most active team this offseason, and they're not done yet.

First baseman Ryan Garko has agreed with the team on a one-year contract worth $550,000.

The Mariners added Garko to fill a much needed right-handed bat void. 

Garko will likely split time at first base with newly-acquired Casey Kotchman. He'll also likely see time as a designated hitter.

If Garko becomes a regular in the Mariners lineup, his contract terms allow his salary to nearly double to $1,075,000. His contract defines a regular as making at least 600 plate appearances, something Garko hasn't done yet in his five-year career.

He spent his first four and a half seasons in Cleveland before being traded to San Francisco mid-way through last season. 

Garko is a career .279 hitter, with season highs of 21 home runs, and 90 RBI in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

He'll likely hit fifth or sixth in a lineup that now features some pop with Chone Figgins and Milton Bradley now a part of it.

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