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Jon Lester hopes to remain with Chicago Cubs after team declines $25 million option
While the Cubs declined the $25 million team option on pitcher Jon Lester Friday, they are likely to announce picking up the $16.5 million option on first baseman Anthony Rizzo before a Sunday deadline, sources told ESPN's Jesse Rogers.
New York Mets claim right-handers Nick Tropeano, Jacob Barnes off waivers
Looking to bolster their pitching staff, the New York Mets claimed right-handers Nick Tropeano and Jacob Barnes off waivers on Friday.
Miami Marlins decline $4M option for reliever Brandon Kintzler
Miami declined their $4 million option on Brandon Kintzler. The reliever will get a $250,000 buyout.
Chicago White Sox decline options on Edwin Encarnacion, Gio Gonzalez
Designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and left-hander Gio Gonzalez are free agents after the Chicago White Sox declined their 2021 contract options on Friday.
Indians decline options on Brad Hand, Carlos Santana, Domingo Santana
The Indians declined 2021 options on first baseman Carlos Santana ($17.5M), relief pitcher Brad Hand ($10M) and outfielder Domingo Santana ($5M) but decided to keep catcher Roberto Perez in the fold.
Toronto Blue Jays retain Rafael Dolis, decline Chase Anderson option
Toronto picked up a $1.5 million option on reliever Rafael Dolis and opted against keeping right-hander Chase Anderson for $9.5 million. Anderson will get a $500,000 buyout.