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M's invite 4 to spring training

The Seattle Mariners signed four players Tuesday, including a familiar face.

General manager Jack Zduriencik announced the Mariners signed outfielder Ryan Langerhans, right-handed pitcher Denny Bautista, catcher Chris Gimenez and left-handed pitcher Royce Ring as minor league free agents and invited them to spring training.

Langerhans, 30, appeared in 48 games in two stints with the Mariners after making the 2010 opening day roster.

Langerhans was outrighted to the minors on Nov. 3, declined and became a free agent. He has spent parts of the past two seasons with the Mariners.

Bautista, 30, went 2-0 with a 3.74 ERA in 31 relief appearances with the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. He also saw action with Triple-A Fresno, going 3-2 with nine saves and a 3.18 ERA in 19 appearances

Bautista has pitched for Baltimore (2004), Kansas City (2004-06), Colorado (2006-07), Detroit (2008), Pittsburgh (2008-09) and San Francisco (2010).

Gimenez, who turns 28 on Dec. 27, split last season between Cleveland and Triple-A Buffalo.

He hit .190 in 28 games with the Indians, making 19 starts at catcher and also seeing action in two games in the outfield.

Ring, who turns 30 on Tuesday, split last season between Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A) and the New York Yankees.

In five games with the Yankees, he allowed three hits and four runs in 2 innings. He was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the first round, No. 18 overall, in 2002.

OVERBAY A PIRATE

Free-agent first baseman Lyle Overbay reached a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, returning to the NL after five seasons with Toronto.

Overbay, 34 next month, hit 20 home runs and 37 doubles last year with the Blue Jays.

The Centralia High graduate batted .243 with 67 RBI, the second fewest among all major league starting first basemen with at least 475 at-bats at the position.

“Lyle Overbay is a solid major league player and we expect him to have a positive impact on our club offensively, defensively and in the clubhouse,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said.

The addition of Overbay and outfielder Matt Diaz, who signed Tuesday, could mean the Pirates to trade Ryan Doumit, who is primarily a catcher but has also played the outfield. The Moses Lake High grad is due $5.1 million in 2011.

RIVERA RETURNS

Standout closer Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees finalized their $30 million, two-year contract.

The 41-year-old receives $15 million in each of the next two seasons, with $1.5 million each year deferred with no interest.

The Yankees also agreed to a minor league contract with right-hander Mark Prior, hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2006.

SHORT HOPS

Two-time All-Star catcher Russell Martin agreed to a contract with the Yankees, according to a source. ... The Reds and Jay Bruce reached agreement on a six-year contract through the 2016 season with a club option for 2017. The outfielder’s deal is worth $51 million. ... The Oakland Athletics landed designated hitter Hideki Matsui with a $4.25 million, one-year contract. ... Free-agent catcher Gerald Laird and the St. Louis Cardinals reached agreement on a $1 million, one-year contract. ...

Free-agent catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract with the Dodgers, bringing him back for a second stint in Los Angeles. ... Pinch-hitter Matt Stairs agreed to a non-guaranteed, minor league contract with the Washington Nationals. ... The Detroit Tigers sold the contract of pitcher Alfredo Figaro to the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese Baseball League.

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