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Casey Kotchman, good luck and adieu

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on Nov. 4, 2010 at 11:25 am with 5 Comments »
November 4, 2010 11:45 am
 Casey Kotchman, a marvelous defensive first baseman whose bat didn’t produce enough to keep him in the lineup, refused an outright minor league assignment by the Seattle Mariners and has become a free agent
Casey Kotchman

The move continued a purge of players the Mariners saw no upside with - Russell Branyan, Erik Bedard and Jose Lopez included – as general manager Jack Zduriencik continues to rework his roster.

Acquired last January when the Mariners sent Bill Hall to the Boston Red Sox, Kotchman opened the season in the heart of manager Don Wakamatsu’s lineup. By mid-May, Kotchman’s numbers had dropped him down the batting order and, with close friend Chone Figgins, Kotchman lost faith in Wakamatsu.

In 125 games – 414 at-bats – Kotchman batted .217 with nine home runs and 51 RBI.

Once the Mariners acquired rookie first baseman Justin Smoak from Texas in July, Kotchman’s future with the club ended. He played sparingly until Smoak went to the minor leagues in August. A journeyman at 27, Kotchman has played for the Angels, Braves, Red Sox and Mariners.

In the past week, the Mariners have taken Branyan, Bedard, Lopez, Kotchman, Sean White, Brian Sweeney and Ryan Langerhans off their major league roster, along with pitchers Ryan Feierabend and Chris Seddon.

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  1. Kotchman lost faith in Wakamatsu because Kotchman wasn’t hitting and Wak moved him down in the lineup?

    I hope there is more to the story than this because it makes Kotchman sound like a big baby, refusing to take responsibility for his own lousy hitting.

    He does have a nice glove, though, but I suppose Kotchman gives himself credit for that.

  2. hooks21 says:

    Yes, that guy could catch. Too bad he didn’t know the field was twice as big as the one he used. He was great defensively on the right side of the field and only hit to the right side of the field……………..and barely ever saw the base path on the left side of the field.

  3. I agree with this/these moves.

    On the downside, how much dead payroll is the team eating in 2011 (not counting uncle Milty), & how much does that leave for REAL Payrolll?

    I have a suspicion that if we include Bradley in the dead payroll figure, the team’s true player payroll will be well under $75 million, which unfortunately almost guarantees a last place finish.

  4. longco44 says:

    terrible picture of Kotchman… The shape of his nose has always bothered me

  5. longco44 says:

    he looks like he belongs on the short bus

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