Found November 01, 2013 on ChadMoriyama.com:
The Dodgers declined the options on starter Chris Capuano and second baseman Mark Ellis yesterday, and while one decision was an easy call, the other might not have been so clear. The Dodgers announced on Twitter that they have declined their options on Mark Ellis and Chris Capuano. Ellis’ contract contained a $5.75MM club option, and Caupano’s deal contained an $8MM mutual option. Each player will receive a $1MM buyout. Ellis hit .270/.323/.351/.674 at age 36, but played plus defense at second and ended up as a 1.8-2.5 WAR player. Given his contract, he was acceptable as a regular, but the Dodgers signed Alexander Guerrero to presumably supplant him at second base. That said, his $5.75 million option was a bargain, even going into his age 37 season. Wins are going at a $6-7 million clip right now, payroll is not particularly important, and Guerrero is no sure thing at second, so I felt there was a strong case that bringing him back would either allow Guerrero to ease into the MLB a...
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