Seattle Mariners Release Outfielder After One Month Stint With Team

Leonys Martin's hopes of securing a roster spot with the Seattle Mariners this spring have come to an end as the team released the veteran center fielder on Thursday.

Martin had been in camp on a minor league deal, after the Mariners signed him last month, but struggled at the plate, striking out nine times in 19 at-bats while collecting only five hits during Cactus League action.

Martin spent the past three and a half seasons playing in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball, where he hit for power and got on base at a high rate, although his batting average was relatively low.

Despite Martin's recent struggles, his long track record as a talented outfield defender and baserunner could still make him an attractive option for another organization, however, his age won't.

It remains to be seen whether he will look to continue his career in North America or head back overseas.

Over his nine seasons in the MLB, Martin holds a .244/.301/.367 triple-slash line, with 58 home runs, 228 RBIs, 126 stolen bases and 334 runs scored across 770 games played.

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