The all-time saves leader is a man without a team.
Trevor Hoffman was among three players whose options were declined by the Brewers. Milwaukee also declined its options on starter Doug Davis and catcher Gregg Zaun.
Hoffman, 43, recorded his 600th save in 2010, but was replaced as the team's closer by rookie John Axford. Hoffman's contract had a $7 million mutual option for 2011, but his buyout increased from $500,000 to $750,000 when he finished his 35th game of the season.
Davis will receive $1 million not to pitch for the Brewers in 2011. He had an option of $6.5 million. He started just eight games because of injury troubles in 2010.
Zaun had a $2.25 million option, but will get a $250,000 buyout. He played in just 28 games in 2010 because of shoulder issues.
Milwaukee also announced it claimed 29-year old right-hander Justin James off of waivers from Oakland and selected the contract of catcher Martin Maldonado. Maldonado is the third catcher on the 40-man roster, joining Jonathan Lucroy and George Kottaras, making Zaunn's return unlikely.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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