Rays decline club options on two

Updated: November 3, 2010, 7:07 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have declined a $4.25 million option on right-handed relief pitcher Dan Wheeler and a $2.2 million option on infielder Willy Aybar.

Wheeler gets a $1 million buyout and Aybar a $275,000 buyout. Both become free agents.

Aybar batted .230 with six homers and 43 RBIs in 100 games this year. His 10 RBIs as a pinch-hitter this season were the most by an AL player since 2004.

Wheeler is a veteran of 11 major league seasons who has spent parts of seven seasons with the Rays. He went 2-4 with three saves and a 3.35 ERA in 64 games in 2010.

Tampa Bay also selected the contract of utilityman Elliot Johnson from Triple-A Durham on Wednesday.


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