Gary Matthews Jr. Exercises Out Clause

SATURDAY: Matthews has opted out of his deal, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

FRIDAY: Matthews intends to exercise his out clause tomorrow, tweets Jayson Stark of The 36-year-old is hoping to land a major league job after hitting .313/.359/.490 at Triple-A Louisville.

TUESDAY: The Reds could lose Gary Matthews Jr. to free agency if they don't call him up by July 24th, according to's Jerry Crasnick. Matthews has an out clause that will enable him to opt out of the deal he signed with the Reds if he isn't in the majors.

Matthews, 36 in August, has hit well at Triple-A Louisville, but the Reds already have Jay Bruce, Jonny Gomes, Drew Stubbs, Laynce Nix and Chris Heisey on their active roster. In 93 minor league plate appearances, Matthews has posted a .310/.355/.494 line, but has not posted an OPS above .700 in the majors since 2007. 

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