Winn, who was originally drafted by the Marlins, got his first big break when Tampa Bay selected him in the 1997 Expansion Draft. The switch-hitter carved out some playing with the Devil Rays over the next few seasons -- batting .279 with 264 runs scored in 519 games played for Tampa Bay -- before being traded to Seattle prior to the 2003 season.
That trade was notable because it involved Winn going to the Mariners as compensation for Tampa Bay signing Lou Piniella as manager, and it happened at the peak of his career. Infielder Antonio Perez also went to the Rays as part of the deal. Winn had been an All-Star in 2002, and he batted .287 in two-plus seasons for Seattle before being traded to San Francisco in 2005.
Winn found a home in San Francisco, where he played five seasons and wound up logging his highest totals for any team in games played (666), at-bats (2,533) runs scored (343), batting average (.290) and slugging percentage (.432). Winn stayed with the Giants through the 2009 season, and he split his final campaign between the Yankees and Cardinals.
Winn, who played college basketball at Santa Clara prior to pursuing his baseball career, signed a Minor League contract with the Baltimore Orioles in February but was granted his release on Monday as Spring Training camps concluded.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less