P-I: Wilkerson A Possibility For Right Field For Mariners

P-I: Wilkerson A Possibility For Right Field For Mariners
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Mariners appear to be close to signing Brad Wilkerson as a free agent.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports the Mariners appear to be close to signing Brad Wilkerson as a free agent.

The newspaper says Wilkerson would be the starting right fielder for the Mariners in the 2008 season.

The Mariners appear ready to trade Adam Jones to Baltimore in a package of players for left-hander Erik Bedard. Jones was supposed to start in right field for Seattle in 2008. Jose Guillen played in right field for the Mariners last season, but they let him go as a free agent to Kansas City.

In Wilkerson, the Mariners would get a left-handed hitter with some home run power. He hit 20 home runs for the Texas Rangers as a semi-regular last season, when he played in 119 games.

The Post-Intelligencer says the Mariners also could use Wladimir Balentien in right field as Wilkerson’s backup next season. Balentien had 24 homers and 84 RBIs, while hitting .291 for Triple-A Tacoma last season.