Mabry becomes ninth Seattle player to declare free agency

Updated: November 6, 2003, 7:35 AM ET

SEATTLE -- John Mabry became the ninth Seattle Mariners player to declare for free agency Wednesday after the team declined to pick up his option for the 2004 season for $1.5 million.

Mabry, a little-used outfielder for the Mariners last season, was given a $250,000 buyout.

In 64 games, Mabry hit .212 (22-for-104) with three home runs and 16 RBIs. He was on the disabled list from May 28-June 19 with an injured right shoulder last season.

The Mariners signed Mabry as a free agent last January. He played with them in the 1999-2000 seasons, too.

The Mariners' other free agents include All-Star right-hander Shigetoshi Hasegawa, who finished the season as the team's closer last season, and Gold Glove center fielder Mike Cameron.

The others are veteran utilityman Mark McLemore, left-handed reliever Arthur Rhodes, infielder Rey Sanchez, catcher Pat Borders, reliever Armando Benitez and reliever Giovanni Carrera.

Mariners spokesman Tim Hevly said Wednesday that the Mariners can still re-sign any of their free agents.

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