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Garland Declines Option, Hits Free Agency

Jon Garland declined his side of his 2011 mutual option with the Padres, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times (on Twitter). Garland obtains a $300K buyout from the Padres, instead of the $600K he would have received if he had wanted to exercise his $6.75MM option and the team had declined it.

Garland logged exactly 200 innings in 2010, pitching to a 3.47 ERA. The 31-year-old posted 6.1 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9 in his 33 starts. Back in May, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes suggested Garland could look to match the two-year $15MM deal Jason Marquis signed as a free agent a year ago.

If the Padres offer arbitration and Garland declines and signs elsewhere, San Diego will obtain a supplementary round pick in the 2011 draft as compensation for losing a Type B free agent.

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