Dodgers decline Garland's $10 million option

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When the Diamondbacks traded Jon Garland to the Dodgers on August 31 they agreed to pay his remaining 2009 salary and cover his $2.5 million buyout for 2010, so it comes as no surprise that Los Angeles officially declined the right-hander’s $10 million option this afternoon.
Garland pitched well for the Dodgers down the stretch, going 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in six starts, but didn’t appear in the NLDS and was left off the NLCS roster. He finished the year 11-13 with a 4.01 ERA and 109/61 K/BB ratio in 204 innings overall, making at least 32 starts for the eighth straight season and posting an ERA in the 4.00s for the seventh time during that span.
His strikeout rate is among the worst in baseball and Garland doesn’t have especially good control, but he’s incredibly durable, induces plenty of ground balls, and is still just 30 years old despite seemingly being around forever. Garland received $8.75 million in guaranteed money from Arizona as a free agent last offseason and should have no trouble securing a one- or two-year deal for at least $5 million per season this winter.

Report: Astros, Ryan Pressly close to agreement on two-year, $17.5 million extension

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Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports that the Astros and reliever Ryan Pressly are close to finalizing a two-year, $17.5 million contract extension, which will also include a third-year vesting club option. Rome notes that the extension is believed to be the largest, in terms of both total money and average annual value, for a reliever who is not a closer.

Pressly, 30, agreed to a $2.9 million salary for the 2019 season back in January, avoiding arbitration in his final year of eligibility. The Astros acquired Pressly from the Twins near the end of July in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers. Pressly posted a 3.40 ERA in 47 2/3 innings with the Twins and a 0.77 ERA in 23 1/3 innings with the Astros. In the playoffs, Pressly allowed just one run on one hit and three walks with seven strikeouts across five innings of work.

Along with Héctor Rondón, Pressly will once again help bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.