The Seattle Mariners completed their trade for third baseman Jeff Cirillo early Saturday, getting him from the Colorado Rockies for reliever Jose Paniagua and two pitching prospects.
The AL West champion Mariners also sent Dennis Stark and Brian Fuentes to Colorado for the two-time All-Star.
There has been speculation the Rockies will now trade Paniagua to Detroit for all-purpose player Shane Halter.
Cirillo hit .312 with a career-high 17 home runs and 83 RBIs last season. He led major league third baseman with a .982 fielding percentage.
"I had a feeling in August that I would be traded in the winter," Cirillo said. "I was just hoping it would be the Mariners."
Since 1991, Cirillo has lived during the offseason in the Seattle suburb of Redmond, Wash., where his wife, Nancy, was born and raised.
"We are very pleased to finalize this deal, cementing Jeff as our third baseman for the next several seasons," Seattle general manager Pat Gillick said.
Cirillo, 32, will replace David Bell, who became a free agent after hitting .260 with 15 home runs and 64 RBIs for Seattle.
Colorado and Seattle agreed Thursday on the four players in the trade during the winter meetings in Boston.
Cirillo is guaranteed $27.6 million over the next four seasons, and there is a club option for a fifth year at $7.5 million with a $1.25 million buyout.
The Mariners were hoping to defer some of the early dollars, but wound up leaving intact the money portion of his deal. Paniagua, 28, was part of a deep Mariners bullpen. The right-hander was 4-3 with three saves and a 4.36 ERA in 60 games.
Stark, 27, was 14-2 with a 2.37 ERA at Triple-A Tacoma. The right-hander was 1-1 in four games for Seattle.
Fuentes, a 26-year-old lefty, was 3-2 with six saves and a 2.94 ERA at Tacoma.