Veteran utilityman Mark Teahen has requested and received his release from the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Tim Dierkes at MLBTR. Teahan had joined the D’backs organization on a minor league deal during this past offseason. It’s unknown what the reasoning behind his request may have been.
Teahan has spent the year with Arizona’s Triple-A affiliate, batting .211/.318/.254 in 85 PA while playing left field, first and third base. He’s yet to see any time in the Major Leagues, though he came close to gaining some more playing time earlier this month when the Cincinnati Reds agreed to acquire him from Arizona. Less than 24 hours after the deal first became public it fell through, as the Reds discovered some health concerns that were too much for their comfort. Teahen has been working at Arizona’s Extended Spring Training facilities since.
The 39th pick in the 2002 Draft by the Oakland A’s, Teahen has seen 3,171 PA over the course of an MLB career with the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays and he’s hit .264/.327/.409. He hasn’t played in the Major Leagues since 2011, spending 2012 with the Triple-A affiliate for the Washington Nationals, batting .260/.328/.360 in 500 PA.