Rays decline options on Shouse, Zaun
The 28-year-old Crawford was the MVP of this year's All-Star Game. The speedy left fielder is also the longest-tenured player in Rays history and the franchise's career leader in hits, runs, steals, triples, RBIs and games. He hit .305 with 15 homers, 68 RBIs and a career-high 60 steals this year.
If the Rays had declined the option, he would have been owed a $1.25 million buyout.
Shouse gets a $200,000 buyout and Zaun receives a $500,000 buyout. Both became eligible for free agency.
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