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Marte's $6 million option declined by Yankees

Updated: November 6, 2008, 7:16 PM ET
Associated Press

DANA POINT, Calif. -- Relief pitcher Damaso Marte's $6 million option was declined Thursday by the New York Yankees, who chose to pay the left-hander a $250,000 buyout.

Marte was obtained with outfielder Xavier Nady from Pittsburgh on July 26 for pitchers Ross Ohlendorf, Jeff Karstens and Daniel McCutchen and outfielder Jose Tabata. Marte was 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 25 games with the Yankees and 5-3 with a 4.02 ERA overall.

The 33-year-old had filed for free agency provisionally on ...

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