A’s decline $3.25 million option on reliever Michael Wuertz

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Michael Wuertz was injured and ineffective this season, throwing just 34 innings with a 6.68 ERA, so it comes as no surprise that the A’s have declined their $3.25 million option on the 32-year-old reliever for 2012.

Wuertz will receive a $250,000 buyout instead and may have to settle for a minor-league deal as a free agent looking to get his career back on track.

When healthy Wuertz was a very effective setup man for the Cubs and A’s from 2004-2010, logging 381 innings with a 3.45 ERA and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. Depending on the status of his thumb injury he could be a very nice low-cost pickup for a team in need of bullpen help.