Mariners release veteran catcher John Baker

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From beat writer Greg Johns of MLB.com comes word that the Mariners have officially cut ties with veteran catcher John Baker, releasing him from the roster Wednesday evening at Triple-A Tacoma.

Baker, 34, was batting just .161/.185/.194 over 65 plate appearances this season at the Triple-A level.

He hasn’t been an effective major leaguer since 2009, when he hit .271/.349/.410 with nine home runs and 50 RBI in 112 games for the Marlins.

Catchers do tend to have nine lives, but we might never see Baker back in the bigs.