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Mariners Sign Edgar Martinez

October 20, 1999

SEATTLE (AP) _ Designated hitter Edgar Martinez signed a contract extension for next season, with an option for the following year, the Seattle Mariners said Wednesday.

The contract is worth a minimum $5.9 million for Martinez, 36. Last season, Martinez was paid $3.5 million.

The two-time AL batting champion has led the Mariners in batting six times, including the past three years. He finished fourth in the league this season with a .337 mark. His career average is .320.

Martinez could have become a free agent after the World Series.

He has spent his entire career with Seattle, since signing as a non-drafted free agent in 1982.

``Martinez is a true professional hitter,″ Mariners manager Lou Piniella said. ``He hits to all fields, he hits for power, he drives in runs and he gets on base. He’s a key part of our offense and I’m pleased to have him back.″

Martinez is to receive a $150,000 signing bonus and $5.2 million in salary in 2000. The Mariners have an option to extend the contract through 2001 for $5.5 million. If not, Martinez receives a $500,000 buyout.

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