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.