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.


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18 Comments on "Mariners Release Hong-Chih Kuo"


3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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

Gumby65
3 years 5 months 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!

3 years 5 months ago

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

Somewhere

Raymond Holguin
3 years 5 months ago

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

Andrew Steven
3 years 5 months ago

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

YankeePhan1234
3 years 5 months 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

Lastings
3 years 5 months ago

Best HR bat flip by a pitcher…ever…

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 5 months ago

I would say by any player period. It’s pretty epic.

Quintero
2 years 5 months ago

good call man it’s indeed epic.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
2 years 5 months ago

Wow, how did you end up here?

bigmike04
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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…

王威評
3 years 5 months ago

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

Dan Mazzaro
3 years 5 months ago

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

王威評
3 years 5 months ago

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

3 years 5 months ago

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

formerdraftpick
3 years 5 months 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?