SEATTLE (AP) - The Mariners have finally released slumping slugger Richie Sexson.
The 33-year-old native of Brush Prairie was batting .218 in 74 games. He had a $14 million salary this year after signing four years ago for $50 million. He had an even worse season last year when he batted .205.
Sexson exemplified the underperforming Mariners - a team with a $117 million payroll and a 36-55 record. Seattle has already fired general manager Bill Bavasi and manager John McLaren.
The Mariners today also placed opening-day starter Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list with stiffness in his left shoulder.
To fill the roster spots of Bedard and Sexson, Seattle called pitcher Jared Wells and infielder Tug Hulett from Tacoma.
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