Padres decline Mackowiak option

San Diego, CA-- The San Diego Padres announced today that they have declined to exercise the option for outfielder Rob Mackowiak.

Rob Mackowiak, 31, was acquired by the Padres from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for minor league right-hander Jon Link on July 31, 2007. Appearing in 28 games for San Diego, Mackowiak batted .196 (11-for-56) with three doubles, two RBI and six runs scored. He made 14 appearances in the outfield, including 11 starts before undergoing season-ending surgery on a double sports hernia on September 26. In 113 combined games with Chicago and San Diego, Mackowiak finished with a .263 average (77-for-293) with 14 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 38 RBI, 40 runs scored, 26 walks and four stolen bases.

Over parts of seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates (2001-2005), White Sox (2006-2007) and Padres (2007), Mackowiak has batted .262 (596-for-2,275) with 110 doubles, 18 triples, 63 home runs, 282 RBI, 300 runs scored and 49 stolen bases in 818 Major League games.

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