Mariners sign IF Norton

PEORIA, ARIZONA (TICKER) —The Seattle Mariners on Wednesday signed infielder Greg Norton to a minor league contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it did include an invitation to spring training.

Norton, 35, who spent the last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, hit .243 with four home runs and 23 RBI in 75 games last season. In 2006, Norton hit .296 with a career-high 17 homers.

The 11-year veteran has a career batting average of .252, along with 82 homers and 296 RBI in 895 games for four different clubs.

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Updated Wednesday, Feb 13, 2008