The Mariners avoided salary arbitration with five players Friday, announcing contract agreements for outfielders Austin Jackson, Dustin Ackley and Justin Ruggiano, first baseman Logan Morrison and reliever Charlie Furbush.
That leaves reliever Tom Wilhelmsen as the only unsigned arbitration-eligible player. The Mariners and Wilhelmsen have until Feb. 2 to agree on a deal. Seattle typically avoids arbitration, so it seems likely that Wilhelmsen and the Mariners will meet somewhere in the middle of their two submitted salary figures.
Multiple reports leaked the arbitration salaries for the players, and baseball sources have confirmed their validity.
Jackson, who is in the final year of arbitration eligibility and will be a free agent in 2016, picked up the largest salary of the five: $7.7 million. Acquired from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline, Jackson hit .229 with a .527 OPS in 54 games with Seattle. For the season, he hit .256 with a .655 OPS.
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Morrison agreed to a $2.725 million contract with $25,000 bonuses if he reaches 500 and 600 plate appearances. Morrison enters spring training as the Mariners’ everyday first baseman. In 99 games and 365 plate appearances, he hit .265 with a .735 OPS.
Ackley will make $2.6 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. His deal also includes a $50,000 bonus if he reaches 500 plate appearances. The former first-round draft pick had a breakout second half of last season. He hit .274 with a .776 OPS in the final 69 games of the season. He hit .245 with a .692 OPS for the season.
Ruggiano, whom the Mariners acquired a few weeks ago in a trade wth the Chicago Cubs, will make $2.5 million with a $20,000 bonus for 375 plate appearances. Ruggiano was brought in to serve as a platoon right fielder with Seth Smith. Last season, Ruggiano hit .305 with an .846 OPS against left-handed pitching.
Furbush’s salary bumps up from the $750,000 he made in 2014 to $1.3 million this season. The lanky lefty appeared in 67 games last season, posting a 1-5 record and 2.81 earned-run average.
• As expected, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced Friday that Randy Johnson’s plaque when he’s inducted this summer will feature him wearing an Arizona Diamondbacks hat.
“After reflecting the last week and conferring with the Hall of Fame, we’ve come to the decision that the Diamondbacks logo on my Hall of Fame plaque makes the most sense,” Johnson said in a statement. “I want to express my most sincere thanks to all the teams I played for — Montreal, Seattle, Houston, the New York Yankees and San Francisco — and particularly all of the fans for supporting me. I’m very humbled by this honor.”
Johnson spent the most time with the Mariners — 10 seasons. He posted a 130-74 record with a 3.29 ERA with the Mariners, winning a Cy Young Award in 1995 and helping lead the Mariners to the playoffs. But he was even more dominant in his eight seasons with Diamondbacks, posting a 118-62 record with a 2.83 ERA. He won four consecutive Cy Youngs from 1999 to 2002 and helped lead Arizona to the 2001 World Series title.
Mariners fans likely will get a Seattle cap on a Hall of Fame plaque next season when Ken Griffey Jr. is inducted.
• Robinson Cano’s injured toe seems to be fine, and his swing is in midseason form. The Mariners second baseman went 4 for 4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored in Estrellas Orientales’ 10-4 win over Gigantes del Cibao on Thursday night.
In three winter-league games, Cano is 6 for 11.
• Left-hander Anthony Fernandez has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Tacoma.