The Mariners signed veteran UT Benji Gil to a minor league contract with the NRI tag, which means he’ll be headed to spring training with everyone else, but won’t be on the 40-man for now. Gil’s a lot like Bloomquist, actually, except older — he’ll be 32 this season, doesn’t hit much at all, can play the infield positions decently. He’s not a good glove, though, so you’re giving up offense and defense for versatility.
Last year he spent a little time in the minors, started the year with the rockies, got released, signed with Chicago to play in Iowa (AAA) and then ended in July the Cubs released him and he played a little with Toledo (also AAA). He didn’t hit in either of those places either.
While a strong spring training might win him the veteran UT spot on the team, even I’m going to say they’re likely to be better off with Bloomquist. I’d say it’d be worth it to end the Bloomquist fixation, but with the ex-Angel former World Series champion aura, I’m afraid Gil addiction would be even worse for the team.