Phillies decline options on Ty Wigginton, Jose Contreras

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Philadelphia has declined 2013 team options on bench bat Ty Wigginton and reliever Jose Contreras, buying out each player for $500,000 instead.

Wigginton’s option was for $4 million, but he hasn’t cracked a .750 OPS since 2008 and at age 35 can no longer really even fake it defensively at third base or second base.

Contreras’ option was for $2.5 million, but he had a second straight season wrecked by a major elbow injury and may never pitch again.

Braves claim Grant Dayton off waivers from Dodgers

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The Braves claimed lefty reliever Grant Dayton off waivers from the Dodgers, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Dayton, 29, underwent Tommy John surgery back in August and is almost certainly out for the entire 2018 season. The Braves, obviously, are making a longer-term play here by acquiring him, as he is under team control through 2022.

Over parts of two seasons in the majors, Dayton has a 3.42 career ERA with 59 strikeouts and 18 walks in 50 innings.