White Sox decline James Shields' $16 million option

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have declined their $16 million option on James Shields and exercised a $2 million buyout, making the veteran right-hander a free agent.

Chicago also exercised a $4.65 million team option on reliever Nate Jones and reinstated right-hander Michael Kopech from the 60-day disabled list Monday.

Shields was 7-16 with a 4.53 ERA in 34 appearances -- 33 starts -- last season. He had a 5.31 ERA in two-plus years with the White Sox, who acquired him from San Diego for prospect Fernando Tatis Jr.

Jones was limited to 33 appearances by a strained muscle in his right arm.

Kopech had Tommy John surgery in September after making four starts for the White Sox and will miss next season.