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12/20/2005 11:48 PM ET
Mariners non-tender three players
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Seattle Mariners executive vice president and general manager of baseball operations Bill Bavasi announced on Tuesday that the Mariners did not tender 2006 contract offers to the following players: right-hander Cha Seung Baek, right-hander Ryan Franklin and outfielder Jamal Strong. They are now free agents and may negotiate with any of the 30 Major League teams.

Franklin, 32, was 8-15 with a 5.10 ERA in 32 games, 30 starts with Seattle last season. He began the season in the bullpen but moved to the rotation when Bobby Madritsch was placed on the disabled list. Franklin won his final two starts of 2005 after going 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in eight starts from Aug. 13-Sept. 18. He was second on the club with 15 quality starts and allowed a team-high 28 home runs.

Franklin, who was the Mariners' 23rd round selection in the 1992 First-Year Player Draft, is 35-50 with a 4.34 ERA in 181 Major League games, including 106 starts. He made his Major League debut with Seattle in 1999.

Baek, 25, spent the entire 2005 campaign with Triple-A Tacoma. He was 8-8 with a 6.41 ERA in 25 games, 21 starts for the Rainiers. Baek made his Major League debut in 2004, going 2-4 with a 5.52 ERA in 7 games, 5 starts.

Strong, 27, hit .250 (5-for-20) with two RBIs in 16 games during two stints with Seattle this season. He recorded his first Major League hit, a pinch-hit leadoff triple, on Aug. 20 at Minnesota. He ended his season by fracturing the third metacarpal in his left hand after being hit by a pitch on Sept. 11 against Baltimore. Strong spent most of the season with Tacoma, where batted .293 (112-for-382) with four homers and 36 RBIs in 93 games.

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