The Tampa Bay Rays today decided not to pick up the 2011 options on relief pitcher Dan Wheeler and utilityman Willie Aybar.
Wheeler was due to make $4 million next season, received a $1 million buyout and is now a free agent. Aybar was due to make $2.2 million in 2011, received a $275,000 buyout, remains under the team’s control and is arbitration eligible.
In addition, the Rays purchased the contract of switch-hitting infielder Elliott Johnson and added him to the 40 man roster.
A = Type ‘A’ Free Agent: Rated in the top 20% at his position by Elias Sports Bureau.
B = Type ‘B’ Free Agent: Rated between top 21% and 40% at his position by Elias Sports Bureau.