Struggling slugger Richie Sexson has been released by the Seattle Mariners. Sexson had been mired in a slump lasting about two years, and Seattle thought it more fit to swallow the rest of his $14 million salary due, than to have him take up a roster spot.
Sexson signed with the club in 2004, along with Adrian Beltre. Former GM Bill Bavasi brought them in to change the climate of the club, as the previous version of the Mariners only won 69 games. Neither player has lived up fully to their nine figure contracts.
Sexson was brought in to hit home runs, and despite reaching the 35 dinger plateau in each of his first two years with the club, he has struggled ever since.
The Washington native has been much more apt to strike out three times in a game as opposed to hitting a three run jack. In fact, Sexson has struck out over 700 times since joining the club.
Seldom used Miguel Cairo took over for Sexson at first in the M's most recent game.
Former Mariner skipper John McLaren was quoted as saying that Richie had been trying too hard, and a change of scenery would probably be the best remedy for his career.
Unfortunately, Richie may have trouble finding club to give him that new locale.