Two players who played small roles in the Mariners 2011 season – pitcher Dan Cortes and catcher Chris Gimenez – have been non tendered.
Cortes and Gimenez are now free agents and may negotiate with any team, including Seattle. With these transactions, the Mariners 40-man roster is at 36 players.
The Mariners offered contracts to three pitchers – Shawn Kelley, Brandon League and Jason Vargas. All three are arbitration eligible.
The hard-throwing Cortes, 24, appeared in 10 games with Seattle last season. He spent time on the disabled list with a bruised left ankle and had his season cut short in September after breaking a bone in his pitching hand. He also had surgery in late October to repair a partial tear of his rotator cuff in his right shoulder and a partial tear of his right biceps tendon.
Gimenez, 28, appeared in 24 games for the Mariners in 2011, making starts at three different positions (C, 1B, LF). He hit .203 in 59 at-bats. He missed over two months of the season (June 29-Sept. 1) with a strained left oblique.