Rays pick up Reyes' option, decline option on Norton

Updated: November 14, 2007, 3:45 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Reliever Al Reyes' $2.3 million option was exercised Wednesday by the Tampa Bay Rays, who declined a $1 million option on DH Greg Norton.

Reyes was a non-roster invite to spring training after missing most of 2006 while recovering from elbow surgery. He began 2007 with 16 consecutive saves and finished with 26 in 30 chances, the fifth-highest total in club history.

Norton, 35, batted .243 with four homers and 23 RBIs in 75 games last season. He receives a $50,000 buyout.

The Rays, who had until Thursday to make a decision on Reyes, also reinstated outfielder Rocco Baldelli, catcher Shawn Riggans and shortstop Ben Zobrist from the 60-day disabled list.


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