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Mariners Release Former Zag Bay

The Seattle Mariners released former Gonzaga standout Jason Bay Tuesday after he was designated for assignment last week.

Bay had a tough run with the Mariners, batting just .204 with 62 strikeouts and 26 walks in 206 at-bats. Bay showed some life in the power department, cranking 11 home runs with 20 RBIs, while managing a .393 slugging percentage.

Ultimately, Bay fell victim to a logjam in the Mariners' outfield when Michael Morse returned from the disabled list. The team opted to keep newly-converted outfielder Dustin Ackley with the Major League club and kept veterans Endy Chavez and Raul Ibanez instead of Bay.  

It has been a tough past few years for the 35-year-old Bay, who failed to live up to his large contract with the New York Mets. Yet, during his 11-year Major League career, the British Columbia native has produced a .266 batting average, 222 home runs and 754 RBIs en route to three All-Star Game appearances.

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