PEORIA, Ariz., March 20 (UPI) -- Norm Charlton, who underwent season-ending surgery on Monday, was released by the Seattle Mariners Thursday.
The Mariners said that the 40-year-old lefthander has been offered a position in the team's player development department.
"We appreciate everything Norm has done for this franchise in his career," Mariners general manager Pat Gillick said. "We're hopeful that he'll use his experience and knowledge to help our next generation of players."
Charlton missed all of last season with a torn left rotator cuff but was in camp as a non-roster players this spring. He did not appear in Cactus League games before being diagnosed with a torn labrun in the same shoulder.
He has a career record of 51-54 with a 5.71 ERA and 97 saves in 605 games. He was part of Cincinnati's "Nasty Boys" bullpen with Rob Dibble and Randy Myers and won a world title with the Reds in 1990.
He also spent time with Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta and Tampa Bay.