Mariners add Cousins to their outfield mix

Scott Cousins, an outfielder best known as the player who broke Buster Posey’s leg with a home-plate slide in 2011, has been claimed off waivers by the Mariners, the club announced Tuesday.

Cousins, 27, was property of the Blue Jays for two weeks this offseason after Toronto claimed him off waivers from the Marlins on Oct. 17. But the Blue Jays designated him for assignment on Oct. 31 and the Mariners will now give him a look.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder joins the outfield competition with Mariners returners Michael Saunders, Franklin  Gutierrez, Casper Wells, Eric Thames, Mike Carp, Trayvon Robinson and Carlos Peguero.

It’s hard seeing where Cousins might fit into that  mix, but he does have one Minor League option remaining, while Carp, Robinson and Wells are out of options. Cousins is a versatile outfielder with good speed who was ranked No. 9 on the Marlins top prospect list by Baseball America going into last season.

Cousins split last season between the Marlins and their Triple-A New Orleans club. He hit .163 in 53 games with the Marlins with four doubles, a triple, a home run and three RBIs in 86 at-bats while playing all three outfield positions.

Cousins hit .296 in 61 games for New Orleans with seven home runs, 36 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. In three seasons with the Marlins, he batted .183 with a .231 on-base percentage and .291 slugging percentage over 128 games.

Cousins himself was hampered much of 2011 by back injuries unrelated to the Posey collision and he played only 55 games that season. But he was healthy last season and got promoted to the Marlins in mid-June to fill a backup outfielder role.

The addition of Cousins put the Mariners’ 40-man roster at 37 players.

Here’s a good story on him from the New York Times last year talking about dealing with the aftermath of the Posey situation.

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