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2014 MLB contract options: Team-by-team breakdown

An up-to-date rundown of which players are staying put in 2014 and which will have to test their mettle on the open market.


Now that the baseball season is officially over, teams must start putting their ducks in a row to prepare for what's certain to be a wild winter. The first order of business for many teams is to decide whether or not to pick up the contract options they have on selected players for next season.

Several clubs have no-brainers when it comes to this; the Royals already exercised their $13.5 million option on James Shields, and the Red Sox aren't likely to be too far behind in bringing Jon Lester back into the fold for 2014 (and possibly beyond). On the flip side, the Giants and Mets are just as likely to pass on the expensive options of Barry Zito and Johan Santana.

Some squads have much tougher decisions to make, however, and may wait all the way until the Sunday deadline to make a final decision. Other than those of Derek Jeter and Wandy Rodriguez, all the options are of the club and mutual variety, so teams will have the final say in many cases.

For your viewing pleasure, here is a list of all the players with contract options for the 2014 season, listed in alphabetical order by team:

(Teams without contract options on players for 2014 have been omitted.)


Brett Anderson - LHP - $8M option - EXERCISED
Coco Crisp - CF -  $7.5M option - EXERCISED
Kurt Suzuki - C - $8.5M option - DECLINED
Chris Young - OF - $11M option - DECLINED

Blue Jays

Mark DeRosa - UT - $750K option - EXERCISED
Casey Janssen - RHP - $4M option - EXERCISED
Munenori Kawasaki - INF - $1M option - DECLINED
Adam Lind - 1B/DH - $7M option - EXERCISED


Reed Johnson - OF - $1.6M option; $150K buyout - DECLINED


Norichika Aoki - OF - $1.5M option - EXERCISED


Jake Westbrook - RHP - $9.5M option; $1M buyout - DECLINED


Chris Capuano - LHP  - $8M option; $1M buyout - DECLINED
Mark Ellis - 2B - $5.75M option; $1M buyout - DECLINED


Ryan Vogelsong - RHP - $6.5M option; $300K buyout - DECLINED
Barry Zito - LHP - $18M option; $7M buyout - DECLINED


Jason Kubel - OF - $7.5M option; $1M buyout - DECLINED
Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP - $8M option - VOIDED


Franklin Gutierrez - OF - $7.5M option; $500K buyout - DECLINED
Joe Saunders - LHP - $8.3M option; $900K buyout - DECLINED


Jacob Turner - RHP - $1M option EXERCISED


Johan Santana - LHP - $25M option; $5.5M buyout - DECLINED


Alexi Casilla - INF - $3M option; $200K buyout (club) - DECLINED
Tsuyoshi Wada - LHP - $5M option  - DECLINED


Wandy Rodriguez - LHP - $13M option - EXERCISED


Lance Berkman - DH/1B - $12M option; $1M buyout - DECLINED
Joe Nathan - RHP - $9M option; $750K buyout - DECLINED


David DeJesus - OF - $6.5M option; $1.5M buyout - NEW CONTRACT
Yunel Escobar - SS - $5M option - EXERCISED
Juan Carlos Oviedo - RHP - $2M option; $30K buyout - DECLINED
Ben Zobrist - UT - $7M option; $2.5M buyout - EXERCISED

Red Sox

Jon Lester - LHP - $13M option - EXERCISED
Matt Thornton - LHP - $6M option; $1M buyout (club) - DECLINED


Matt Belisle - RHP - $4.25M option; $250K buyout (mutual) - EXERCISED


James Shields - RHP - $13.5M option; $1M buyout - EXERCISED


Jose Veras - RHP - $3.25M option; $150K buyout - DECLINED

White Sox

Matt Lindstrom - RHP - $4M option - EXERCISED


Derek Jeter - SS - $9.5M option - NEW CONTRACT

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