Lake's minor league deal is contingent on passing a physical. His addition gives the Mariners another versatile player, but who will likely be ticketed for Class AAA Tacoma
PEORIA, Ariz. — The Mariners apparently have added another outfielder to their big-league spring training to provide experienced depth in the organization.
Junior Lake, a veteran from the Dominican Republic, has a locker and jersey in the Mariners’ big-league clubhouse. Manager Scott Servais said Lake has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. The deal will become official if/when Lake passes a physical upon arriving to Arizona.
The addition of Lake gives the Mariners another versatile player who likely will be ticketed for Class AAA Tacoma. Lake has played in 223 big-league games in his career over four seasons, posting a career .235 batting average with .655 on-base plus slugging percentage. He has played all three outfield positions and first base in the big leagues.
Lake started the 2017 season in the Red Sox organization, playing 19 games with Class AAA Pawtucket. He was released May 1 and signed with Bravos De Leon of the Mexican League on June 20. He played 41 games with Leon, hitting .288 with a .921 OPS, 12 doubles, two homers, six triples and 34 RBI.