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Brendan Ryan picks up player option; Yankees decline Andrew Bailey option

New York Yankees backup infielder Brendan Ryan picked up his player option for $1 million, meaning he will be paid that money if he is on the team or not next year.

Meanwhile, the Yankees declined the option on reliever Andrew Bailey on Tuesday.

Ryan is under contract, but it doesn't necessarily mean he will be on the Yankees next year.

By the end of last season, Rob Refsnyder had taken Ryan's job as the platoon second baseman against left-handers. Ryan hit .229 on the season. He is a good fielder, but his tenure with the Yankees has been plagued by injuries.

The Yankees took a flyer on Bailey, a former closer. After not pitching in the majors since 2013 because of shoulder surgery, he had an 8.31 ERA in 8 2/3 innings.

The team could still sign Bailey this winter.