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Mariners decline option on Guillen

This may not be worth a thread, but I don't want to borrow anyone else's:


Mariners decline option on Guillen
Move paves way for Jones next season; Reitsma set free

SEATTLE -- Right fielder Jose Guillen, one of the clubhouse leaders who helped the Seattle Mariners surpass a .500 record last season for the first time since 2003, likely will not return to the club in 2008.

The Mariners announced Friday that Guillen, who hit .290 with 23 home runs and 99 RBIs, will not have his 2008 option picked up. He had signed a one-year deal with Seattle last winter with a club and player option for next season.

Guillen, 31, ranked second in the American League against left-handed pitching in batting average (.362) and set a club record by getting hit by a pitch 19 times. He can still exercise his player option, but the club is not required to accept it.

Also, the club option for right-handed reliever Chris Reitsma was not picked up. Reitsma, 29, appeared in just 26 games last season -- going 0-2 with a 7.61 ERA -- as inflammation in his right elbow prevented his use over the final two months. He was on the disabled list three times. He had signed a one-year deal with a club option for 2008.

"In Jose's case, this puts the ball in his court," said general manager Bill Bavasi. "He can choose to exercise his option with us, or to go to free agency. With both players, if it becomes apparent that they're a good fit for us in 2008, we can still negotiate with them as free agents."

http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071102&content_id=2291617&vkey=news_s ea&fext=.jsp&c_id=sea

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