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Padres release reliever Casey Janssen

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres announced this morning that they have granted relief pitcher Casey Janssen his release. The former Blue Jays closer signed a minor league deal with an invitation to big league camp just over a month ago, but failed to impress in his seven Spring Training appearances. In seven innings he allowed a dozen hits, including a home run, and four earned runs while striking out five batters and walking none. Since it was clear that Janssen was on the outside looking in at the Padres' crowded bullpen picture, the club allowed him to walk, and he will now be free to pursue a spot in another major league team's 'pen. This move also works out for San Diego, who would have been required to pay Janssen a $100,000 retention bonus five days before the season begins even if he was sent down to El Paso, as he was considered an Article XX free agent due to accruing over six years of major league service time.