Liddi’s second Winter League shot ends quickly

Mariners third baseman Alex Liddi saw his stint in the Dominican Winter League end after just three games Tuesday as he was released by Leones del Escogido.

Liddi was taking a second shot at winter ball after being let go by Lara in the Venezuelan League after a slow start there during which he hit just .136 in 14 games, but he committed five errors and was 0-for-7 for Escogido.

He’ll likely return home to Italy now to rest up for spring training, which isn’t a bad idea given the long haul of his past season in the Minor Leagues and then his September call to the Mariners.

He did have two walks and scored a pair of runs for Escogido, but his real difficulties came in the field. Playing against a Licey squad that included Mariners teammates Wily Mo Pena and Carlos Triunfel, Liddi made a fielding error in the first inning of his debut on Friday and then committed a throwing error that allowed Pena to reach base in the fourth.

On Saturday, Liddi had two more throwing errors and then was replaced by Fernando Tatis after striking out in the fifth inning. He made another throwing error the following night and then was released Tuesday.

Pena, who is now a free agent, just started playing for Licey this past week and is 2-for-15 with a double in four games. Triunfel, one of the Mariners top young shortstop prospects, also just now is getting back into the Winter League action. He played two games in mid-October, but has now returned for five straight for Licey and is batting .238 (5-for-21) with a double and two RBIs.

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