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Mariners Release Richie Sexson

The Mariners have released first baseman Richie Sexson and will presumably eat the rest of the $14 million they owe him this year.

Sexson isn't terribly old, but like a lot of first basemen, his decline has been steep. Most of his value in his career has come from power and walks, and he's never posted high batting averages, so it looks like a slight decline in his bat speed, or his reaction time, or something, has brought him down. The Mariners might have seen that coming--first basemen who don't hit for great averages don't generally age gracefully--but they just wouldn't be the Mariners if they noticed things like that. At least they got a very good 2005 season out of the deal.