Mariners close to signing John Buck

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Seattle is “very close” to signing catcher John Buck to a one-year contract, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.

Buck has been a starter for most of the past decade, but he’d serve as a veteran backup to Mike Zunino with the Mariners.

Buck has always had good power for a catcher and smacked 15 homers in 110 games for the Mets and Pirates last season, but he also hit just .219 with a ghastly .285 on-base percentage and .648 OPS. He hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2009, so transitioning to a part-time role at age 33 makes sense.