And then were four.
That’s the number of Mariners players who have not agreed to contract terms for the 2009 season, but that is a mere formality. Players that have not agreed to terms before Monday will have their 2008 contracts automatically renewed.
The late signers this year are pitchers Brandon Morrow, David Aardsma and Cesar Jimenez and center fielder Franklin Gutierrez.
Reaching contract terms today were: pitchers Mark Lowe, Jose Lugo, Garrett Olson and Jason Vargas; catcher Jeff Clement, infielder Bryan LaHair and outfielder Wladimir Balentien, whose signature seems to arrived in camp before he did.
As of Friday morning, he still had not reported to camp. Those darn visa problems.
— Jim Street