Mariners release John Buck

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John Buck passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Mariners last week and the veteran catcher has been released.

Buck was only owed about $500,000 for the remainder of this season, so any team that felt like he’d be an upgrade behind the plate, even in a backup role, could have claimed that contract off waivers rather than trying to sign him now as a free agent.

But the 33-year-old hit just .226 with one homer and a .579 OPS in 27 games for Seattle, hasn’t cracked a .700 OPS since 2010 when he made the All-Star team with Toronto, and reportedly frustrated the Mariners with his poor defense. He figures to latch on somewhere as a backup, but it might take a stint at Triple-A first.

Ray Knight arrested, charged with assault and battery

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Former World Series MVP, major league manager and current Washington Nationals broadcaster Ray Knight was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with assault and battery.

The Fairfax County police were called to Knight’s Virginia home at 4AM Sunday morning after an argument between Knight and an acquaintance, a 33-year-old man, became physical. Both men had visible injuries. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Knight was treated for injuries as well and then was taken to the Adult Detention Center. He has been released and his scheduled to be in court in January.

Knight played for the Reds, Mets, Astros, Orioles and Tigers and managed the Cincinnati Reds on two occasions.