The Mariners announced that catcher Chris Gimenez has declined an outright assignment and elected free agency. The Mariners had designated him for assignment last week to create 40-man roster space for Shawn Camp and Hong-Chih Kuo.
The Mariners non-tendered Gimenez in December, re-signing him to a Major League deal soon afterwards. The 29-year-old has a .171/.279/.272 line in 267 career plate appearances from 2009-11. He also has experience at first base and the corner outfield positions.