Dodgers decline two options

Updated: October 31, 2013, 6:44 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers declined 2014 options for second baseman Mark Ellis and pitcher Chris Capuano Thursday, making both veterans free agents.

Ellis, 36, batted .264 in two seasons with the Dodgers and was one of the steadiest fielders in the major leagues, but the Dodgers are in the process of trying to get younger and they signed Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero this winter to serve as their everyday second baseman, probably starting next April.

Ellis' option was for $5.75 million. To decline it will cost the Dodgers $1 million.

Capuano, 35, was 16-19 with a 3.91 ERA in two seasons with the Dodgers, having been used both as a starter and reliever last season. The Dodgers left Capuano off their roster for the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Capuano's option was for $8 million. To decline it will cost the Dodgers $1 million.

The Dodgers have 12 free agents, but Ellis and Juan Uribe are the only regulars among them.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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