Slugger Richie Sexson was released Thursday by the Seattle Mariners after a slump that lasted for most of two seasons and made him a target of constant booing from fans.
Any trade involving Sexson, batting .218 in 74 games, was nearly impossible because of his $14-million salary. So now the Mariners are eating the rest of that money -- he is owed $6,120,219 from today through the end of the season.
"I think we gave Richie a lot of rope . . . and there just wasn't enough improvement," said Lee Pelekoudas, the Mariners' interim general manager.
The Mariners also put opening-day starter Erik Bedard on the 15-day disabled list because of stiffness in his left shoulder. Bedard will be eligible to return July 20 but will miss some chances to be showcased for teams interested in trading for him before the July 31 deadline.