Mariners Re-Sign Edgar Martinez
SEATTLE (AP) _ The Seattle Mariners signed two-time American League batting champion Edgar Martinez to a contract extension today for the next season with an option for 2001.
The designated hitter has led the Mariners in batting average 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, 36, could have become a free agent after the World Series.
He has spent his entire career with Seattle, since signing as a nondrafted 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.″
The Mariners did not disclose contract terms.