Dodgers decline option on pitcher Chad Billingsley

Nov 1, 2014 5:24 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Dodgers have declined a $14 million option on pitcher Chad Billingsley and bought out the right-hander for $3 million.

Reliever Brian Wilson exercised his $10 million player option on Friday.

Billingsley, a 30-year-old former All-Star didn't pitch last season, when he was rehabbing and needed surgery to repair a partially torn flexor tendon. He made just two starts in 2013 before needing Tommy John surgery.

Billingsley had an 81-61 record with a 3.65 ERA for the Dodgers. He won a career-high 16 games in 2008 and was an All-Star the following season. He becomes a free agent.

Other free agents on the team are: shortstop Hanley Ramirez and pitchers Kevin Correia, Roberto Hernandez, Paul Maholm, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright.

The Dodgers face a Monday deadline to offer Ramirez a $15.3 million, one-year qualifying offer.

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