The veteran could be a useful right-handed bat off the bench. He has a career .834 OPS against left-handed pitchers.

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Mariners pitchers and catchers report to spring training in just over a week. But the organization isn’t done adding talent to the roster.

Late Wednesday evening, ESPN reported that Seattle had reached an agreement on a one-year major-league contract with free-agent second baseman Rickie Weeks. Multiple baseball sources confirmed the report.

If Weeks passes a required physical, he would make $2 million for the 2015 season with the possibility of earning $2 million more in incentives.

An announcement could come Friday. Because it’s a major-league signing, the Mariners will have to designate a player for assignment on the 40-man roster to make room for Weeks.

The signing is somewhat surprising considering general manager Jack Zduriencik hinted a few weeks ago that the Mariners were done making major additions to their roster and any further moves likely would be signings to minor-league contracts.

It’s even more curious because Weeks has been a second baseman his entire career. But the Mariners are hoping to use Weeks as a utility bench player who can be a backup infielder at first, second and third base and an option in left field.

When he was the Milwaukee Brewers’ amateur scouting director, Zduriencik scouted and selected Weeks with the second overall pick in the 2003 draft.

It’s a low-risk, relatively low-cost investment for a player who has been productive in the past. Weeks, who has spent his entire career with the Brewers, is a streaky hitter who made the National League All-Star team in 2011.

Weeks, 32, could be useful as a right-handed bat off the bench. He has a career .834 OPS against left-handers. Last season, he hit .274 with an .809 OPS in 286 plate appearances.


• Veteran left-handed pitcher Rafael Perez agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training. Perez had a vagabond 2014 season, appearing in 24 games (16 starts) with three teams — Class AAA Round Rock, Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz (Mexican League) and Class AAA Indianapolis.

For the bulk of his big-league career, he was a reliever. He made 268 appearances from 2008-11 — tied for most in the AL during that span.