Phillies Release Lou Marson

The Phillies announced their next wave of cuts this morning, and among the casualties was catcher Lou Marson, who was released by the team. Philadelphia optioned/reassigned eight more players to minor league camp, but Marson was the only release or outright.

Marson, a former Top 100 prospect (per Baseball America), returned to the organization that originally drafted him on a minor league deal this offseason. The 2004 fourth-round pick was dealt to the Indians back in 2009's Cliff Lee deal and spent parts of four seasons as the Indians' primary backup catcher. However, a right shoulder injury cost him nearly all of the 2013 season and helped open the door for Yan Gomes to take over as the Tribe's top catching option.

Marson received just three plate appearances in official games with the Phillies this spring. Known more for his defense than his bat, the 27-year-old Marson is a career .219/.309/.299 hitter with five homers in 882 Major League plate appearances.


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