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Closer let go after save-less stint

Updated: October 19, 2004, 3:17 PM ET
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MIAMI -- Pitcher Billy Koch, two years removed from a 44-save season, was released by the Florida Marlins on Tuesday.

Koch has struggled with control and consistency since recording 164 saves over his first four major league seasons.

The right-handed closer, who was acquired by the Marlins from the Chicago White Sox for minor league infielder Wilson Valdez in June, went 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA and no saves in 23 games with Florida last season. He walked 20 and struck out 25 in 25 2/3 innings.

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