A's decline Dye, Hammond options
Dye batted .265 with 23 homers and 80 RBI last season, and the A's decided the oft-injured slugger wasn't worth his $14 million mutual option for 2005. He will receive a $1.5 million buyout.
Dye played just 65 games in 2002 after breaking his leg with a foul ball in the 2001 playoffs. He hit just .231 after the All-Star break this season, and sprained his left thumb and missed several important games for Oakland's playoff hopes.
When the A's season ended, Dye said he hoped to stay in Oakland, but wouldn't accept a big pay cut.
Hammond, acquired in a trade with the New York Yankees last winter, went 4-1 with a team-low 2.68 ERA out of the bullpen. He missed six weeks with a strained pitching shoulder.
The A's also added outfielder Nelson Cruz to their 40-man roster. They also outrighted right-hander Kirk Saarloos, catcher Mike Rose, infielders Esteban German and Graham Koonce and outfielders Mike Edwards and Billy McMillon to Triple-A Sacramento.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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