Ex-Rangers OF Kole Calhoun opts out of Mariners minor league deal, report says

Calhoun played one season with the Rangers, missing a portion of the 2022 season due to injury.

A familiar face will reportedly hit the open market as opening day for the 2023 season draws near.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, outfielder Kole Calhoun is a free agent after opting out of his minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners. Calhoun only played one season with the Rangers and registered 76 hits and 12 home runs with a .196 average. He also missed time in 2022 due to injury, only appearing in seven games in August.

The Rangers declined Calhoun’s 2023 club option in November. He agreed to a minor league deal with the Mariners in February and spent spring training with the Seattle club.

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Texas signed Calhoun in November 2021 around the same time the club agreed to deals with Marcus Semien and Jon Gray. Calhoun’s deal with the Rangers was a one-year, $5.2 million pact with an option for 2023.

Calhoun spent most of his professional career with the Los Angeles Angels, spending eight years in Anaheim before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks for two seasons. He’ll have another chance to find a new major league home.

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