Mariners Release Hong-Chih Kuo

The Mariners announced that they released left-handed reliever Hong-Chih Kuo. Seattle has 39 players on its 40-man roster after cutting Kuo, who signed a Major League deal in February.

Kuo struggled through 40 appearances in 2011, posting a 9.00 ERA with 12.0 K/9 and 7.7 BB/9 and missing time with an anxiety disorder. His results were much better before last year; he had a 3.19 career ERA with 10.5 K/9 and 3.5 BB/9 entering the 2011 season. The 30-year-old underwent his fifth career elbow surgery in October and the Dodgers non-tendered him two months later. Kuo, an Octagon client, signed for $500K in guaranteed money and would have earned an additional $500K plus incentives on the active roster.

18 Responses to Mariners Release Hong-Chih Kuo Leave a Reply

  1. Man…what happened to this guy?  Wish him the best, dude was lights out before.

  2. I loved this signing when it happened. I guess there was a reason why barely anybody had interest in him from the get-go 

  3. Gumby65 3 years ago

    Bummer, hope he finds something before he decides to go home and open that restaurant…  but if that’s what he decides to do, best of luck!

  4. Come on Jays, I feel like there’s some upside here……….


  5. Raymond Holguin 3 years ago

    Him and Ichiro didn’t get along and it drove him crazy…again

    • Andrew Steven 3 years ago

      Nope. I watched some ST games and he is TERRIBLE. Maybe they will take David Pauley back now?

  6. YankeePhan1234 3 years ago

    To the Yankees on a Minor League deal? Could always use another lefty to compete for the 2nd lefty/longman spot in the pen

  7. Lastings 3 years ago

    Best HR bat flip by a pitcher…ever…

  8. bigmike04 3 years ago

    he was let go because, he prove that his best day was behind him, high era in Spring training, cannot get batter out..

  9. Too bad.  I’d love for the Braves to pick up a good LOOGY like Kuo or D-train, but then again there’s probably a good reason these guys were released so…

  10. 王威評 3 years ago

    Too bad, His story can make a great great baseball movie.

    • Dan Mazzaro 3 years ago

      It would be a better movie if he can turn it around

  11. 王威評 3 years ago

    Too bad, His story can make a great great baseball movie.

  12. can i find his bat flip online? i cant find the bat flip…

  13. formerdraftpick 3 years ago

    Not sure if you meant that sarcastically, but he gave up 15 runs in less than 7 innings of work.  I think he was confused and thought he was pitching in the home run derby because he gave up 5 homeruns to boot too.  Is that the worse Spring Training performance ever? I wonder how he went from success to not so good overnight?   

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