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Former Mariner Soriano opts out of Yankees contract | Baseball notebook

Former Mariner Rafael Soriano appears poised to leave the New York Yankees, and Ervin Santana is headed to Kansas City. Soriano opted out of...

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Former Mariner Rafael Soriano appears poised to leave the New York Yankees, and Ervin Santana is headed to Kansas City.

Soriano opted out of the final year of his $35 million, three-year contract Wednesday and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency. The right-hander had 42 saves for the Yankees last season after longtime closer Mariano Rivera tore knee ligaments in early May.

Soriano was set to make $14 million next season. Instead, New York will pay him a $1.5 million buyout.

The Los Angeles Angels shipped Santana and $1 million to the Royals for minor-league reliever Brandon Sisk.

Santana was an All-Star in 2008 and threw a no-hitter in 2011, but struggled with the long ball this year. He was 9-13 with a 5.16 earned-run average and will make $13 million next year.

The Royals, however, declined their $8 million club option on closer Joakim Soria after he had elbow ligament-replacement surgery.


• Ecstatic fans crammed the streets of San Francisco for a confetti-drenched parade and rally honoring the World Series champion Giants — a Halloween treat made even sweeter as a repeat performance from 2010.

• All-Stars David Wright ($16 million), a third baseman, and former Mariners pitcher R.A. Dickey ($5 million) had their contract options picked up by the New York Mets.

• The Baltimore Orioles exercised their $1 million option on right-handed reliever Luis Ayala but declined an $11 million option on first baseman Mark Reynolds.

• The Cleveland Indians exercised their $5.75 million option on pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and declined their options on designated hitter Travis Hafner ($13 million) and pitcher Roberto Hernandez ($6 million).

• The Toronto Blue Jays exercised their $3 million option on left-handed reliever Darren Oliver and signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a $2.5 million contract.

• Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick became a free agent after declining his contract option for $5 million next season.

• The Tampa Bay Rays exercised contract options on pitcher James Shields ($9.5 million), closer Fernando Rodney ($2.5 million) and catcher Jose Molina ($1.5 million). The team declined its $6 million option on designated hitter Luke Scott.

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