Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) has reported that John Buck has gotten his Major League contract. It will be for one year and one million dollars.
Buck will likely split time behind the plate with young Mike Zunino. Earlier this month, the Mariners also signed Humberto Quintero back under a minor league deal. They also have Jesus Sucre available at the minor league level. Buck and Quintero add some veteran presence behind the plate as Zunino and Sucre grow into their roles as big league catchers.
John is heading into his age-33 season after splitting time last year with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. Over ten major league seasons, he has logged an average of 105 games behind the plate, hitting .234/.301/.400. He has hit fifteen home runs in each of the past two seasons.
The acquisition of Buck at the Major League level looks like a steal at one million dollars; last year, his salary was six million dollars.