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Mariners finalize contract with Ryan

Seattle has finalized a two-year deal with former Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan.

The contract, first rumored more than a week ago, will pay the rangy infielder $1 million in 2011 and $1.75 million in 2012. It's a cheap price for a major league starter -- Seattle apparently plans to use him at second base. But it gives Ryan, who was eligible for arbitration for the first time because he was shuttled back and forth so much by St. Louis, a little bit of security.

Hopefully Ryan will be better accepted by his Mariners teammates than he apparently was by the Redbirds. He's a .259 hitter through 414 major league games.