Corey Patterson Opts Out Of Mariners Contract

According to Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald, Corey Patterson has opted out of his contract with the Mariners and is now a free agent.  Arnold writes that with Eric Byrnes looking to have won the M's backup outfield spot, Patterson decided to look elsewhere for employment.

Patterson signed a minor-league deal with Seattle last December.  The 30-year-old had just 30 plate appearances last season (15 with Milwaukee, 15 with Washington) and managed only a .207 OPS, but he did hit 292/.333/.478 in 418 Triple-A plate appearances in 2009.  If another club picks up Patterson, though, it will be for his glove, not his bat.  Fangraphs lists Patterson as having a career UZR/150 of 8.9 in the outfield, though his defense was barely above average in 2007 and 2008, his last two years of regular playing time.


11 Responses to Corey Patterson Opts Out Of Mariners Contract Leave a Reply

  1. EdinsonPickle 5 years ago

    He batted .103 last year. Ouch.

  2. Yankees10 5 years ago

    I dont know why the Mariners even bothered with this guy. He cant hit for his life.

  3. switchhitingjesus 5 years ago

    Why would he do that? No team will give him a major league contract.

  4. bigpat 5 years ago

    Is he serious? Sell him to the Nippon Ham Fighters.

  5. swishasnkush 5 years ago

    see ya!

  6. swishasnkush 5 years ago

    see ya!

  7. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t be suprised if he had steriod issues because his numbers have declined greatly.

    • Suzysman 5 years ago

      His numbers havent declined much at all – he has always sucked! BAbip and a little bit of luck is the only reason he ever had a semi-decent season.

      And as far as his becoming a FA – fine with me as long as Hendry stays away!

  8. coolstorybro222 5 years ago

    I wouldn’t be suprised if he had steriod issues because his numbers have declined greatly.

  9. jayrig5 5 years ago

    I don’t think steroids were the issue. In 2003, he was having a fantastic season with the Cubs until he blew out his knee on an awkward step at first base. At that point, he may have been the fastest player in baseball, he was hitting for power and average, and his plate discipline, though lacking, was coming around. He never really recovered, no matter how many tries Dusty Baker has given him (both back in Chicago and in Cincy the past few seasons.) I think the injury just killed whatever confidence he had gained.

  10. Trious 5 years ago

    What a waste of talent

    If people learn anything from this, it is that you NEED PATIENCE AT THE PLATE if you want to stick around

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