Dodgers decline Casey Blake option

Updated: October 4, 2011, 8:12 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

In what couldn't have come as a surprise to anyone, including the two players involved, the Los Angeles Dodgers officially declined the 2012 contract options on third baseman Casey Blake and right-hander Jon Garland, both of whom finished the season on the disabled list and both of whose futures are cloudy.

Additionally, the Dodgers outrighted Eugenio Velez, their famously hitless utility man, to Triple-A Albuquerque, removing him from the 40-man roster.

Blake, 38, did three ...

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