PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with infielder Willie Bloomquist on a two-year contract, according to D-backs' Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.
Bloomquist, 33, hit .266 (93-for-350) with 44 runs scored, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 26 RBI and 20 stolen bases in 97 games along with a .317 on-base percentage, .340 slugging percentage and .657 OPS. Defensively, he appeared in a career-high 59 games (57 starts) at shortstop, 25 games (22 starts) in left field and 1 game (1 start) at second base. He assumed starting duties at shortstop when Stephen Drew suffered a season-ending ankle injury in July and hit safely in 46 of his 57 starts. Among National League shortstops (min. 50 games), his 5 errors were second-fewest and his .979 fielding percentage was sixth-best. His 20 stolen bases were the second-highest total of his career (25 in 2009) and third-most on the team.
Over parts of 10 Major League seasons with the Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds and D-backs, he has batted .264 (588-for-2226) with 318 runs scored, 77 doubles, 17 triples, 17 home runs and 170 RBI in 845 games along with a .317 on-base percentage, .337 slugging percentage and a .654 OPS. He has a 77.0 stolen base percentage, swiping 124 bases in 161 attempts. Defensively, he has seen action at first base (37 games, 11 starts), second base (107 games, 81 starts), shortstop (209 games, 169 starts), third base (121 games, 85 starts), left field (93 games, 58 starts), center field (124 games, 94 starts) and right field (118 games, 63 starts). Among all second baseman since 2002 (min. 100 games), his .850 rating is sixth-best. Zone rating is an estimate of a player's efficiency in fielding balls hit into his typical defensive zone, as measured by STATS, LLC.
In 2011, Bloomquist became the first Arizona State University baseball player to play for the D-backs.