The Mariners have declined their options on left-hander Erik Bedard, Russell Branyan and infielder Jose Lopez.
The Mariners had an $8 million option on Bedard with a $250,000 buyout. He made $1.5 million this year and made just one rehab start at Triple-A Tacoma in 2010. The team may try to bring him back at a much lower rate.
Branyan was due $5 million. The first baseman was acquired in a trade with the Indians in June. He played in 57 games for the Mariners, hitting .215/.319/.483 with 15 home runs and 33 RBI.
Lopez, who had a $4.5 million option with a $250,000 buyout, is eligible for arbitration, if the Mariners desire. However, the team already has Chone Figgins and Dustin Ackley coming, so he would unlikely be an option for a team that's going to be watching every penny and expecting another rough year. The Denver Post 's Troy Renck notes (via Twitter ) the Rockies have interest in Lopez.
The Mariners had already declined their option on right-hander Ian Snell.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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