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Florida Marlins release C Matt Treanor

Would the thrifty MLB franchise really release a player because they don’t want to pay him $900,000? From the Palm Beach Post-

Treanor, Florida’s opening day catcher in 2008, was released late Wednesday night after the Marlins gave up on their fruitless efforts to trade him.


“Being released, yes, it’s shocking,” he said. “It’s been a long time with the club. I wish I could have stayed with the same team until I finished my career but it’s the nature of the game and I can’t let this hold me down.”

Treanor, who often referred to himself last summer as “Mr. Misty May,” was one of the most affable players to wear a Marlins uniform, despite a career .237 batting average with eight home runs and 70 RBI.


But Treanor was made expendable because he was projected to make $900,000 in arbitration, a price the Marlins didn’t want to spend on a journeyman backup coming off a sports hernia operation. By releasing Treanor, the Marlins freed up a spot on their 40-man roster for a few hours.

Lets look at the type of performance Florida could have gotten from Treanor

.237 Batting Average
.322 OBP
.317 Slugging percentage
5 Home Runs
41 RBI

Those are his full season averages. If Treanor had over 400 AB in a season. Something he hasn’t even come close to.

No power, low batting average, below average On base percentage. I don’t blame Florida for cutting him, and can understand why there were no takers for Treanor’s services.

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