A’s release catcher Landon Powell, eat $100,000

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Landon Powell spent parts of the past three seasons with the A’s and avoided arbitration in December with a one-year, $620,000 contract, but this morning Oakland released the 30-year-old catcher.

Powell hasn’t hit in the majors, batting just .207 with a .612 OPS in 123 games, and the 2004 first-round pick hasn’t even been particularly good in various stints at Triple-A. Because his contract was non-guaranteed the A’s will owe Powell one-sixth of his salary, which slightly more than $100,000.

He was outrighted off the 40-man roster in January and accepted an assignment to the minors after going unclaimed on waivers, so at this point Powell will likely have to settle for a minor-league deal elsewhere.