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.
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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.