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Tuesday, March 11
 
Quinn expendable following slow spring start

Associated Press

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Outfielder Mark Quinn was placed on unconditional release waivers Tuesday by the Kansas City Royals following a slow spring training start.

Mark Quinn
Quinn

"We said coming into spring training there were going to be no gimmes," manager Tony Pena said. "Somebody would have to earn it. At that point, everybody believed he was not going to help this ballclub. That was the decision."

Quinn had a $500,000, one-year contract and will receive 30 days' termination pay, $81,967. After Wednesday, players who are placed on release waivers get 45 days' termination pay.

Quinn, 28, is a former Texas League and Pacific Coast League batting champion. He homered twice in his major league debut on Sept. 14, 1999, just the fourth player in big league history to homer twice in his first game.

But Quinn was limited to 23 games last year after he broke a rib and tore his left hamstring. He injured the hamstring again on March 3 and played in only one 'B' game since then, going 0-for-3 Sunday.

He was unavailable to play Monday and was 1-for-8 in spring training games.

After hitting .294 with 20 home runs and 78 RBI as a rookie in 2000, Quinn dropped to .269 with 17 homers and 60 RBI in 2001, when he went 241 plate appearances without drawing an unintentional walk. He also missed a month that season with a hamstring injury.

In other roster moves, the Royals optioned right-hander Ian Ferguson, who led the minors with 18 victories last season, to Triple-A Omaha and infielder Alejandro Machado and left-hander Jimmy Gobble to Double-A Wichita.

The Royals also reassigned five right-handed pitchers to their minor league camp. They were Zack Greinke, the Royals' top pick in the 2002 amateur draft; Brian Rose; Jason Turman; Buddy Caryle; and Nate Field.




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