As the final roster decisions of Camp 2010 are made, outfielder Corey Patterson took one out of the hands of the Seattle Mariners.
He opted out of his minor league contract and became a free agent.
Patterson wasn’t going to win a job, having hit .216 in 19 spring games. His departure, however, leaves the Mariners with two outfielders – Ryan Langerhans and Eric Byrnes – and one available spot on Seattle’s bench.
Figure Byrnes wins that job. Langerhans has been fighting a tender left elbow and hasn’t played in a game in a week.
Patterson’s departure leaves the team with 32 players still in camp, 27 of those on the 40-man roster.