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Mariners cut loose arbitration eligible Casey Kotchman

Nov 4, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

Casey Kotchman, Chris Carter

Last offseason the Mariners acquired Casey Kotchman from the Red Sox, settled on $3.5 million contract to avoid arbitration, and then watched as the first baseman hit .217 with a lowly .280 on-base percentage and .336 slugging percentage in 125 games to rank as one of the worst players in baseball.

He remained under team control as an arbitration eligible player for 2011, but today the Mariners dropped him from the 40-man roster and Kotchman became a free agent by declining an assignment to Triple-A.

Kotchman is a better hitter than he showed this season and remains a very good defensive first baseman, but at this point it’s time to give up any hope of him becoming a starting-caliber hitter.

At age 28 he owns a career line of .259/.326/.392 in over 2,300 plate appearances, which is mediocre for a shortstop and downright awful for a first baseman regardless of the quality of his glove. He may have to settle for a minor-league contract and a chance to compete for a bench job in spring training.

  1. BC - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:06 PM

    The career stats surprise me. I didn’t think he was THAT bad of a hitter.

    • easports82 - Nov 4, 2010 at 4:53 PM

      Watch him for a year. He is.

    • pauleee - Nov 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM

      Unfortunately it’s true. He was the Angel’s 1st baseman mostly because Kendry Morales was slow to step up and then we got Texeira for half a season. I always thought he was more than adequate defensively, just didn’t hit well enough to be comfortable with him at a power position like 1B.

  2. IdahoMariner - Nov 4, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    he was brutal to watch at the plate…but his play at first base was a thing of beauty.

  3. Walk - Nov 5, 2010 at 4:23 AM

    I dont remember him making an error at all during his time as a brave. I thought he was a lock for a gold glove until he was traded. But he seemed to be just an average hitter, line drives mostly, and poor speed on the bases.

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