Italian corner infielder Alex Liddi is no longer on the 40-man roster of the Seattle Mariners. The American League organization designated the 24-year-old San Remo native this weekend. The Mariners now technically have ten days to either release, trade or outright him to the Minors. However it seems the latter is not realistic.
Since making his big league debut in 2011, Liddi hasn’t been able to hit enough to stay on the active roster. In 61 games between 2011 and 2013 he is batting .208/.266/.370 with six home runs and 16 RBI. This year he only appeared in eight games, collecting one hit in 18 plate appearance. In Triple-A he had a batting line of .263/.322/.454 with 11 home runs in 59 games. Especially his strikeout rate is a red flag, as it went up from 26.70 percent to 32.80 percent in 2013.
Maybe a change of scenery will be a blessing for the first Italian developed player in Major League Baseball and the first product of the MLB European Academy to make it all the way.