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Ryan close to deal with Mariners

Former Cardinals infielder Brendan Ryan, 29, is close to a two-year contract extension with Seattle.

According to the Associated Press, the contract will pay Ryan $1 million in 2011 and $1.75 million in 2012. Ryan made $425,000 with St. Louis in 2010. So he'll be getting a nice raise and some security while the Mariners are getting a pretty good deal on a very handy infield glove man.

This is the first off-season that Ryan was eligible for arbitration thanks to the amount of time he spent riding back and forth on the Memphis shuttle early in his career.