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Dodgers decline two options

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers declined 2014 options for second baseman Mark Ellis and pitcher Chris Capuano Thursday, making both veterans free agents.

Ellis, 36, batted .264 in two seasons with the Dodgers and was one of the steadiest fielders in the major leagues, but the Dodgers are in the process of trying to get younger and they signed Cuban defector Alexander Guerrero this winter to serve as their everyday second baseman, probably starting next April.

Ellis' option was for $5.75 million. To decline it will cost the Dodgers $1 million.

Capuano, 35, was 16-19 with a 3.91 ERA in two seasons with the Dodgers, having been used both as a starter and reliever last season. The Dodgers left Capuano off their roster for the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Capuano's option was for $8 million. To decline it will cost the Dodgers $1 million.

The Dodgers have 12 free agents, but Ellis and Juan Uribe are the only regulars among them.