M’s Decline Olivo’s Option, Release Kawasaki
Dance in the streets everyone – the Miguel Olivo era in Seattle is over. They had to pay him $750,000 to go away, the final blow of a contract that was silly from the moment it was conceived, but at least he’s finally gone.
Also, Munenori Kawasaki was released, which is good, because he’s not a Major League player.
Both moves were obvious, but are still welcome anyway. If you’re curious, by the way, here is a list of every hitter who has ever gotten 1,000+ plate appearance in a Mariners uniform. Olivo is last in OBP, last in wOBA, third to last in wRC+, and fifth to last in WAR.
He’s not the worst player in franchise history, but he’s in the conversation. Thankfully, we no longer have to talk about him ever again.