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Mike Zunino

Chris Iannetta, Mariners agree to $4.25 million 1-year deal

Chris Iannetta has a new team and a chance to prove last season was a disappointing outlier in his career.

Iannetta agreed to a $4.25 million, one-year contract with the Mariners on Monday with the expectation he will be Seattle's starting catcher heading into 2016. The deal includes $1.75 million in performance bonuses next season and a 2017 club option for $4.25 million that could become guaranteed at $6 million.

"I think it was an opportunity to get back and in a situation to play and prove that this past year was just a down year," Iannetta said on a conference call.

To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Seattle designated catcher John Hicks for...