Pollock turns down $13 million option with White Sox, goes free


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.

In the final season of what turned out to be a four-year, $50 million deal, the 34-year-old hit .245 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs. Pollock signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent in January 2019 and was traded post-lockdown for closer Craig Kimbrel.

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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Christy J. Olson