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Marlins release Casey Kotchman

Aug 26, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

Casey Kotchman AP

Casey Kotchman was the Marlins’ Opening Day first baseman, but landed on the disabled list with a strained hamstring after just two games. He came back in June and played four more games before going back on the DL with an oblique injury.

Now he’s finally healthy again, but this time the Marlins don’t want him back, releasing the 30-year-old who had been rehabbing in the minors. Kotchman hit .295 with zero homers and a .737 OPS in 18 games at Triple-A and Logan Morrison is entrenched as Miami’s regular first baseman.

Kotchman is a good-fielding first baseman, but he’s always lacked the kind of bat teams look for at the position and it’s hard to imagine him landing more than a bench gig for 2014.

  1. Old Gator - Aug 26, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Not surprising. The team is going to bring up its larvae from the minors next week anyway; there’s no point in trying to win games anymore this season – there really wasn’t any point to it by the end of May, ackcherley – so why not just let the trade bait of the future take the stage for the last dismal month of the season until everyone can go golfing and feeshing again?

    • baseballonthebrain - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      this is why the marlins are the worst team in baseball. Where is it written that your first baseman has to be a left handed power hitter? A good glove man with a decent OBP could help that team. And Kasey’s got good yoga moves too.

      • Old Gator - Aug 27, 2013 at 8:50 AM

        I beg to differ. The real reason that the Feesh are one of the worst teams in baseball (shut your eyes tightly, open them…the Astros are still there) is sitting up in the owner’s skybox.

  2. modellforprez - Aug 26, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    im sure Neal Huntington is trying to sign him right now

    • princejs6 - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:45 PM

      They’ll sign this guy instead of trading for someone who can help because we are cheap!!! As a Pirate fan I am completly disappointed that they did not get someone to improve this club when they had the chance. We are not going anywhere with Tabata, Snyder, Lambo playing right field.

  3. cadillacjosh - Aug 26, 2013 at 9:00 PM

    1st base is really the only position in baseball where you can say “I know he’s only hitting .240 but look how good he is at defense.” I mean you want power from your corner OF as well as IF but if you had a really slick defender at any of those spots, you’d be content. Kotchman has always been great on D, but that’s about it.

  4. insidefastball - Aug 27, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    forgot he was even with the Marlins.

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