LAS VEGAS — Outfielder AJ Pollock turned down his $13 million player option with the Chicago White Sox and was among 10 players who became free agents on Wednesday, bringing the total to 161.
Pollock turns down $13 million option with White Sox, goes free
World Series champion Houston declined a $10 million option on first baseman Trey Mancini in favor of a $250,000 buyout and declined a $13 million option on reliever Will Smith in favor of a $1 million buyout.
The Los Angeles Dodgers declined options on left-hander Danny Duffy ($8 million), third baseman Hanser Alberto ($2 million) and right-hander Jimmy Nelson ($1.1 million). Alberto gets a $250,000 buyout.
Left-hander Drew Smyly turned down his $10 million player option with the Chicago Cubs and gets a $1 million buyout.
Cincinnati declined a $13 million mutual option on left-hander Mike Minor, who gets a $1 million buyout, and Arizona declined a $4 million mutual option on right-hander Ian Kennedy, who gets a buyout. redemption of $250,000.
Texas declined a $5.5 million option on outfielder Kole Calhoun.
Additionally, Baltimore declined an $11 million option on right-hander Jordan Lyles, who gets a $1 million buyout.
Up to about 20 additional players can become free agents on Thursday, when teams announce free agent decisions to extend the $19.65 million qualifying bids.
A free agent can only receive a qualifying offer if they have been with the same team continuously since opening day and have never received a qualifying offer before. A player has until November 20 to accept.
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