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Brandon Kintzler to exercise $5 million player option

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ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers reports that reliever Brandon Kintzler will exercise his $5 million player option to remain with the Cubs. This comes after the Cubs declined to exercise their $10 million club option on him.

Isn’t it nice when everyone has options?

Probably a smart move on Kintzler’s part, as he posted a lackluster 4.60 ERA for the Nationals and Cubs last season, in large part to his walk and hit rates shooting up. The Cubs will hope to see him return to his 2010-17 form when he was one of the more reliable relievers in the league.

Kintzler made $5 million last year too, on the first year of a two-year deal.