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Mariners prospect Alex Liddi was cut by winter ball teams in Venezuela and Dominican Republic

Nov 15, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

Alex Liddi

Alex Liddi had a solid season at Triple-A, hitting .259 with 30 homers, and made his big-league debut with the Mariners in September, but the 23-year-old third base prospect is having a rough offseason.

Liddi headed to Venezuela to play winter ball for the Lara Cardenales, but got released from the team after going 6-for-44 (.136).

That actually happens quite a bit with lesser known players, so Liddi moved on and signed with Leones del Escojido in the Dominican winter league … only to get dropped from that team as well.

And as Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times points out, this time they only waited three games to cut him after Liddi went 0-for-7 with four errors. Next stop, intramural softball?

  1. shawnuel - Nov 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Knowledgeable fans on Seattle blogs have been contending for a couple of years now that Liddi wouldn’t show the defense or plate coverage to ever be more than organizational depth unless he drastically improved his batting eye. Solid power but who knows if he’ll ever hit the ball?

    • Kyle - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:38 PM

      Sigh… yes, this.

  2. Detroit Michael - Nov 15, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    It might actually be a good thing for a professional baseball player to no longer have a reason to be in Venezuela.

    • rlquall - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:04 PM

      It’s ALWAYS a good day not to be in Hugoland.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 16, 2011 at 6:27 AM

        ever been to Venezuela or do you just like to litter Sports boards with political talk?

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:56 AM

        I’ve lived there and it’s no picnic. Regardless of your position on the political divide the reality is an economy with double digit inflation and rampant crime is going to be a tough place to make a living.

      • purnellmeagrejr - Nov 16, 2011 at 9:33 AM

        Venezuela – the only country in History where the rich people riot! Viva Chavez!

  3. marinersnate - Nov 15, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Well, this is awkward….

  4. mmason0071 - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    Sounds like he has figured out how to fit in the Mariner’s offense. The M’s are on their way to an entire starting lineup below the Mendoza line, and Liddi has to practice to be worse than Figgins.

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