A's pass on $1.8 million option
Oakland A's: Outfielder Chris Singleton was released Tuesday when the A's declined to exercise its $1.8 million option for 2004.
Oakland paid a $200,000 buyout to release Singleton, who batted a career-low .245 with one homer and 36 RBIs in his first season with the A's. He signed with Oakland as a free agent in December, making $1.4 million.
Singleton was one of six outfielders on Oakland's major league roster for most of the season, and he struggled to get playing time. After slumping with a .195 average after the All-Star break, Singleton's appearances became even more infrequent.
The five-year major league veteran has 45 homers and 265 RBIs.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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