Mariners sign eight pitchers, three position players to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training.

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The Mariners announced Tuesday 11 players have signed minor-league contracts and been invited to spring training.

Josh Kinney, a 32-year-old right-hander who pitched in 13 games last season for the White Sox, was one of eight pitchers signed.

The others are right-handers Matt Fox, Jarrett Grube, Jeff Marquez and Scott Patterson, and left-handers Steve Garrison, Sean Henn and Phillippe Valiquette. All the pitchers have major-league experience, except Grube and Valiquette.

Position players signed were outfielder Darren Ford, catcher Guillermo Quiroz and infielder Luis Rodriguez, who played with the Mariners last season.

Ford, a 26-year-old who played 26 games last season with the San Francisco Giants, has 306 stolen bases in 701 minor-league games.

Quiroz, who played for the Padres’ Class AAA team in Tucson last year, was with the Mariners’ organization in 2006 and again in 2009-10, playing seven games in the majors.