LOS ANGELES (CBSLA/AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have declined to exercise their 2014 options on infielder Mark Ellis and pitcher Chris Capuano, making both free agents.
Ellis had a $5.75 million option, and he will be paid a $1 million buyout. The 36-year-old second baseman batted .264 with 13 home runs and 79 RBIs in two seasons with the team. He’s expected to be replaced by Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, who signed a $28 million, four-year deal.
The talented Cuban prospect Guerrero will add speed to the infield as the Dodgers were caught multiple times on plays at the plate during the postseason.
Capuano had an $8 million option, and will be paid a $1 million buyout. The 35-year-old left-hander didn’t make the roster for the National League championship series. He was 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA while pitching in 24 games this season, including 20 starts. Capuano was on the disabled list twice during the season.
Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Chad Billingsley and Josh Beckett comprise the Dodgers’ rotation for next year.