In addition to exercising their $9 million option on center fielder Denard Span for next season the Nationals also declined their $15 million option on first baseman Adam LaRoche and their $14 million option on reliever Rafael Soriano.
LaRoche had one of the best seasons of his career, hitting .259 with 26 homers and an .817 OPS in 140 games, but with Ryan Zimmerman likely needing a position change and the outfield set in stone the Nationals no longer had room for him in the lineup at first base. He receives a $2 million buyout.
Soriano had a great first half, saving 22 games with a 0.97 ERA, but he was stripped of closing duties while posting a 6.48 ERA in the second half and was almost left off the playoff roster. He figures to get a one-year deal somewhere and has the secondary numbers to suggest a bounce back.