The Diamondbacks and Willie Bloomquist are back on track, with the infielder/outfielder agreeing to a two-year, $3.8 million deal, according to CBSSports.com sources.
The versatile nine-year veteran had declined his end of a $1.1 million mutual option last week in what became a mini-drama, what was characterized as miscommunication between the club and Scott Boras, agent for Bloomquist. In the aftermath of that, the club signed utility infielder John McDonald to a two-year, $3 million deal which led to speculation that Bloomquist's days in the desert were finished.
Arizona signed Bloomquist last winter as a free agent, and the 33-year-old veteran quickly became a valuable piece of the Diamondbacks' unexpected run to the NL West title. He batted .266/.317/.340 and played 59 games at shortstop, 25 in left field and one at second base.
Among other things, he became the club's everyday shortstop when Stephen Drew went down with a fractured ankle in July.