The Mariners have agreed to terms with veteran first baseman Gaby Sanchez on a minor-league deal with an invite to big-league spring training. Sanchez will compete for the backup first-base job.

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The Mariners have added yet another name to the competition for the backup first-base spot on their roster.

On Friday ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick was the first to report that veteran first baseman Gaby Sanchez had agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners with an invitation to big-league spring training. Several other outlets confirmed the report. Mariners officials would not comment on the reported deal. Sanchez must pass a physical for the deal to become official.

Sanchez joins Jesus Montero, Ed Lucas and Travis Ishikawa as candidates for the backup spot behind Adam Lind at first base and a bat off the bench. Montero, Lucas and Sanchez have the edge in being right-handed hitters, because Lind bats left-handed.

Sanchez, 32, spent last season playing in Japan for the Rakuten Eagles. He appeared in 66 games, hitting .226 with a .720 on-base plus slugging percentage, including 12 doubles, seven home runs and 18 RBI.

He last played in the big leagues in 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sanchez appeared in 123 games and hit .229 with a .679 OPS, 18 doubles, seven homers and 33 RBI.

Over his seven-year big-league career, Sanchez has played in 700 games and is a career .229 hitter with a .744 OPS. His best year came in 2011 when he was named to the National League All-Star team. Sanchez hit .269 that season with a .779 OPS, including 35 doubles, 19 homers and 78 RBI.

If he wins the backup first-base job, Sanchez would be used in platoon situation with Lind and face mostly left-handed pitching. He’s a career .291 hitter with an .863 OPS against lefties.