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A's pass on $1.8 million option

Oakland A's: Outfielder Chris Singleton was released Tuesday when the A's declined to exercise its $1.8 million option for 2004.

Oakland paid a $200,000 buyout to release Singleton, who batted
a career-low .245 with one homer and 36 RBIs in his first season
with the A's. He signed with Oakland as a free agent in December,
making $1.4 million.

Singleton was one of six outfielders on Oakland's major league
roster for most of the season, and he struggled to get playing
time. After slumping with a .195 average after the All-Star break,
Singleton's appearances became even more infrequent.

The five-year major league veteran has 45 homers and 265 RBIs.