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Mariners avoid arbitration with five players

Seattle, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Mariners have agreed to terms with first baseman Logan Morrison, pitcher Charlie Furbush and outfielders Dustin Ackley, Austin Jackson and Justin Ruggiano on one-year contracts, avoiding arbitration.

Ackley hit .245 with 27 doubles, 14 homers and 65 RBI in 143 games last season. This was his first season eligible for arbitration since being drafted second overall in the 2009 draft.

The 26-year-old Ackley has hit .245 with 83 doubles, 36 homers and 182 RBI over 499 career games with Seattle.

The Mariners acquired Jackson from the Tigers in a three-team deal at last year's trade deadline. He hit just .229 with a .267 on-base percentage and a .260 slugging percentage in 54 games for the Mariners.

Jackson is a .274 career hitter with 145 doubles, 46 homers and 248 RBI over 724 games with Detroit and Seattle.

Morrison hit .262 with 11 home runs, 38 RBI and a .420 slugging percentage in 99 games for Seattle in 2014. He has hit .251 with 53 homers and 200 RBI in 462 career games with the Marlins and Mariners.

Furbush went 1-5 with a 3.61 ERA in 67 games last season.

Ruggiano was acquired from the Cubs in the offseason. He played in 81 games for Chicago in 2014 and hit .281 with six home runs and 28 RBI.

Pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen remains the only Mariners arbitration-eligible player who is unsigned.