10/30/07 9:25 PM ET
Dodgers decline options on two players
Contracts of Lieberthal, Martinez not picked up for 2008
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Management declined the options of backup catcher Mike Lieberthal and utility infielder Ramon Martinez. Instead, Lieberthal will receive a $100,000 buyout instead of a $1.4 million salary for 2008 and Martinez will receive a $50,000 buyout instead of a $1 million salary.
Lieberthal played in only 38 games and hit .234 with one RBI as the seldom-used backup to ironman Russell Martin. Martinez hit .194 in 67 games.
The Dodgers also have a $9 million option or $500,000 buyout on left-handed pitcher Randy Wolf, who is coming off shoulder surgery. The Dodgers are expected to pay the $500,000 buyout but still might bring Wolf back under a less expensive deal.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.