Remaining Contract Options

By the end of today, teams and players must decide on all 2012 contract options.  Here's what's left:


  • Rafael Furcal – $12MM club option with a $1.3MM buyout.  This is a lock to be declined, unless the Cardinals sign him to an extension first.
  • Octavio Dotel – $3.5MM club option with a $750K buyout.  I'm guessing the Cardinals will exercise this option.


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  1. CC Sabathia 7 years 180 Mil, Texas.

  2. 0bsessions 4 years ago

    Coming off of a mediocre, injury plagued year with lingering questions about his health in a very strong closer class compared to last season? Soriano would be nuts to opt out. He’d be lucky to get two years to begin with, much less two years at his current salary.

    • John 4 years ago

      I know

    • jwsox 4 years ago

      I dont know he has a great agent who can sweet talk the best of them. He probably wouldnt be able to get the per year average. But more years would be a possibility for him.

  3. Joey Stanley 4 years ago

    Saw in the AJC this morning that McLouth’s option was officially declined…not a shocker there.

  4. chico65 4 years ago

    While not quite a Blanco check, 1.15MM is nothing to sneeze at.  I think Henry will go for it.

  5. stl_cards16 4 years ago

    Cardinals are holding a press conference here soon, not sure what for.   hmmmmmm

    • chico65 4 years ago

      Albert already, or something more mundane?

      Congrats on the series win.

      • MistahGuy 4 years ago

        LaRussa is coming back, 1 year per usual.  Possibly may announce a Molina extension as well… 

    • stl_cards16 4 years ago

      TLR retires!  Congrats on a great career Tony! and thank you!

      • start_wearing_purple
        start_wearing_purple 4 years ago

        A little surprising. But it’s always nice to see a guy leaving on his on terms.

        • notsureifsrs 4 years ago

          time to offer dave duncan the first ever $10M pitching coach salary

        • jwsox 4 years ago

          he was the only manager to ever retire after winning the world series…thought that was interesting to hear

  6. Joey Stanley 4 years ago

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Furcal back in a Braves uniform for one more season while Pastornicky gets ready in AAA, but he’s said he wants to return to St. Louis.  While Alex Gonzales has been great defensively, his bat is not very consistent…plus, I’m sure he’d want a longer deal than one year, which is all the Braves want to sign a SS for because Pastonicky should be ready by next year.

    • NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

      I agree totally. If we’re gonna get a shortstop via free agency it’s going to be a 1-year deal with possibly a team-option in case Pastornicky still isn’t ready. I’m going to predict that Alex Gonzalez comes back.

      • NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

        Thanks for “liking” that. It was my 1000th lol

      • ChiefTomahawk 4 years ago

        Furcal would be a nice fit for a one year deal. He is a B-level shortstop and probably one of the best available, arguably as good as Rollins. Furcal is also a slight upgrade over A Gon. He has comparable defense but his OBP is great.

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      Wasn’t there a falling out between Furcal and Wren, or Braves, when he signed with LA a few years back?

      • Joey Stanley 4 years ago

        Yeah, Furcal led the Braves to believe he was going to re-sign, but he basically did that to increase the offer from LA.  So he used the Braves to get a bigger pay day in LA…and the Braves had announced they were re-signing him before it was official, which was a little embarassing for Wren & Co.

  7. NYBravosFan10 4 years ago

    Why the whoosafudge does it take so long for the Braves to do things when there is a time limit? They always wait until the last minute to decide options and rarely make early trades at the deadline.

  8. Sweet Jesus, Henry Blanco is still playing

  9. Does anyone know, do teams retain the “exclusive negotiating window” on players that they decline options on?

    • I do believe they do cause they are now free agents and there is that window all teams get with their former players.

  10. 55saveslives 4 years ago

    Is it too early to decline Zito’s 2014 option?

  11. Really curious which way the Reds are going to go on Phillips and Cordero.  I agree with what was said on top but honestly I am really hoping they announce a reasonable deal with Phillips for a multiyear deal.  Cordero had a nice comeback year this year over his previous few with Cincy. I would not be upset keeping him a few more years either. Needs to be around 7 millionish though. Not anything over 9 million.

  12. GSJays 4 years ago

    Tim Dierkes would be more credible if he did more research. Soria’s option is vested as a result of innings pitched in 2011.

    • It’s a rumors website, not, take a deep breath and hold it, preferrably for a long long time.

    • Shu13 4 years ago

      His option vested w/ only 39 innings pitched?
      I was under the impression it was a player option not a vesting option….

    • crashcameron 4 years ago

      you’d be more credible if … well, you had any

  13. DBacks should decline on hill and trade Wade Miley to the Nationals for Ian Desmond, would be a win for both sides especially if the DBacks intend on tendering Joe Saunders.

  14. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    Sabathia has a few more hours to opt out…

    • Guest 4 years ago

      Weird it hasn’t happened yet. Makes me believe there is some last minute discussion btw his agent and the Yankees to get a deal done. Only thing I can think of for the moment. 

  15. chico65 4 years ago

    I love it when the Yanks fans turn on each other, especially when arguing about Sox players.  Priceless.

    • Guest 4 years ago

      Just a little misunderstanding interpreting value. No rubbernecking. Move on. 

  16. So im assuming since we haven’t heard anything out of St. Louis, that the Cardinals are going to decline both options of Furcal and Dotel?

  17. Guest 4 years ago

    No doubt, but considering the constant talk of him “opting out” you’d think it would have been a headline first thing this morning or at a minimum, by noon. Just makes me think that the Yanks and his agent are working on something right now. At least I can hope. 

  18. Guest 4 years ago

    I’m not sure Oswalt is a “better” pitcher than Beckett. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Hamels is not better than CC not even close, at least not yet – Lee is a pretty even match up and yes Halladay probably has the slight edge over all of them, but he is human too and we’ve seen that. He pitched awesome this season, but it wasn’t his best. Buchholz is a really weird thing. Guy has really only had one great season out of 3 and 1 partial so the jury is still out on him. His ability is probably #3, but right now with the injuries he’s had, he is #4 or 5 until he can prove otherwise. It’s really the exact same thing with Phil Hughes and as of today he is the Yanks #5 starter.

  19. Guest 4 years ago

    Fair enough, but I am looking at more than just 2011. 

  20. I had no idea Greinke was the best SP in the game!  or that Bartolo Colon is slightly better than Beckett.  Thanks!

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