Dodgers Decline Berroa’s Option

According to’s Ken Gurnick, the Dodgers chose shortstop Angel Berroa‘s $500K buyout over his $5.5MM option for ’09.  Easy call for a utility guy.  Technically Berroa is arbitration-eligible, but Gurnick says they will non-tender him rather than pay him the minimum allowable $2.85MM.  ESPN’s Buster Olney believes the Dodgers will try to re-sign Berroa for less after he’s non-tendered.

Berroa’s four-year, $11MM contract from the Royals is one of the few young player deals that did not work out.  With the Dodgers this year, he hit .230/.304/.310 in 256 plate appearances while playing average defense.

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