As baseball readies for free agency, numerous decisions on options are being made. Those either free up players to hit the market or tie them to their 2011 club for one more season. Sunday's list is right here. Let's take a look at what happened Monday...
- The Indians are allowing center fielder Grady Sizemore to hit free agency, but brought back starting pitcher Fausto Carmona.
- Colby Lewis is returning to Texas and could open the year as the club's ace if C.J. Wilson leaves in free agency. The Rangers were also pleased with Yoshinori Tateyama's first year stateside after coming over from Japan and picked his option up. (Rangers)
- The Red Sox are moving on from relievers Scott Atchinson and Dan Wheeler, declining each's option. Atchinson remains with the team due to service-time constraints, but will be officially non-tendered shortly.
- Royals closer Joakim Soria is back with the team after the club picked his option up.
- Toronto cut ties with reliever Jon Rauch, but will bring Edwin Encarnacion back to the offense.
- Jason Frasor is back with the White Sox after coming over in a deal at the trade deadline. His option was for $3.75 million.
- David Aardsma, the Mariners closer in 2010, chose free agency after passing through waivers unclaimed. The righty had Tommy John surgery in July.
- Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips' option was picked up, even though he wants a long-term deal. Closer Francisco Cordero was let go.
- The Pirates are passing on the options of four: starter Paul Maholm, catchers Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit and shortstop Ronny Cedeno. The team will have to find replacements.
- The Cubs passed on exercising Jeff Samardzija's $3 million option, but the reliever is expected to resign at a lesser salary and compete for a rotation spot.
- The Diamondbacks declined the options of Zach Duke and Aaron Hill, which was a no-brainer. Willie Bloomquist and Henry Blanco saw 'Zona exercise their half of a mutual option, and Blanco has yet to make his decision. (MLB.com) Bloomquist declined his end, becoming a free agent. He wants a multiyear deal to return, and he'll probably find a team willing to give it to him. (MLB.com)
- Jason Giambi is officially back with the Rockies after both sides exercised their part of a mutual option. In an expected move, the Rockies also declined the option on starting pitcher Aaron Cook.
- The Padres declined options on three: starter Aaron Harang, outfielder Brad Hawpe and reliever Chad Qualls. Harang could return to the team on a lesser salary than the $5 million he would have otherwise earned in 2012. Hawpe seems like a goner, and Qualls should get a nice deal somewhere even though he wasn't worth the $6 million he had in his contract for 2012.
- The Braves picked up infielder-outfielder Eric Hinske's $1.5 million option. Center fielder Nate McLouth, however, will hit the free agent market as his $10.65 million option was dropped.
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