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2014 Contract Options

The offseason is officially upon us, and the first order of business for most teams will be to address the various contract options that apply to the 2014 season. As MLBTR's Tim Dierkes noted earlier, most (and possibly all) of these decisions will be wrapped up by 11:59pm ET on Saturday.

Many of the options are no-brainers (e.g. James Shields), but others aren't quite as clear (e.g. David DeJesus). It's also important to remember that players with options can be traded in the coming days. For example, with the signing of Alexander Guerrero, Mark Ellis appears to have been displaced in Los Angeles. However, other teams may find his $5.75MM club option appealing and be willing to work out a trade with the Dodgers to acquire him at that price rather than take their chances on the open market. Most famously, we saw this one year ago today with the Royals' acquisition of Ervin Santana.

We've also already seen a few options exercised and declined. The Rockies picked up their $11MM option on Jorge De La Rosa and declined their $4.25MM option on Rafael Betancourt, who went down with Tommy John surgery. The Brewers exercised a cheap $1.9MM option on Norichika Aoki, and reports have indicated that, not surprisingly, Jon Lester's option will be picked up by the Red Sox as well.

With all that said, here's a team-by-team look at the various contract options -- club, player and mutual -- that each team will be resolving in the next few days.

AL WEST

Angels

  • None

Astros

  • None

Athletics

  • Brett Anderson: $8MM club option ($1.5MM buyout; will be arbitration eligible if option is declined)
  • Coco Crisp, OF: $7.5MM club option ($1MM buyout)
  • Kurt Suzuki, C: $8.5MM club option ($650K buyout)
  • Chris Young, OF: $11MM club option ($1.5MM buyout)

Mariners

Rangers

  • Lance Berkman, DH: $12MM club option ($1MM buyout)
  • Joe Nathan, RP: $9MM club option ($750K buyout; Nathan can void and elect free agency)

AL CENTRAL

Indians

  • Jason Kubel, OF/DH: $7.5MM club option ($1MM buyout)
  • Ubaldo Jimenez, SP: $8MM club option (Jimenez earned the right to void this option when he was traded from the Rockies to the Indians)

Royals

  • James Shields, SP: $13.5MM club option ($1MM buyout)

Tigers

  • Jose Veras, RP: $3.25MM club option ($150K buyout)

Twins

  • None

White Sox

AL EAST

Blue Jays

Orioles

Rays

Red Sox

  • Jon Lester, SP: $13MM club option ($250K buyout)
  • Matt Thornton, RP: $6MM club option ($1MM buyout)

Yankees

NL WEST

Diamondbacks

  • None

Dodgers

  • Chris Capuano, SP: $8MM mutual option ($1MM buyout)
  • Mark Ellis, 2B: $5.75MM club option ($1MM buyout)

Giants

Padres

  • None

Rockies

NL CENTRAL

Brewers

  • None (Aoki's already exercised)

Cardinals

Cubs

  • None

Pirates

Reds

  • None

NL EAST

Braves

Nationals

  • None

Marlins

  • Jacob Turner, SP: $1MM club option (part of a Major League deal signed out of the draft)

Mets

Phillies

  • None


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