Dodgers decline options on Todd Coffey, Juan Rivera, Matt Treanor

Denis Poroy

The Los Angeles Dodgers have declined their 2013 club options on right-hander Todd Coffey, outfielder Juan Rivera and catcher Matt Treanor, the team has announced:

Coffey, 32, had a $2.5 million option and a $300k buyout for next year. The burly right-hander threw just nineteen and a third innings in relief for the Dodgers this year before going down with an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery. Since the operation was not performed until July, Coffey would not have been a viable bullpen option next season until after the All-Star break at least. Coffey owns a 4.10 ERA and 6.8 K/9 in eight big league seasons.

Following a successful second half in 2011, the now 34-year-old Rivera to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with a $4 million option for 2013 with the hopes that he could play left field every day. Rivera did not come close to living up to his contract this season, however, hitting just .244/.286/.375 with nine home runs in one hundred nine games, forcing the Dodgers to go after Shane Victorino at the trade deadline. Rivera’s buyout is $300k. Treanor appeared in thirty-six games for the Dodgers this year as their back-up catcher, hitting .175/.281/.282 with two home runs. Rather than exercise their $950k option on Treanor for 2013, the Dodgers bought out the option for $150k and will likely be on the prowl for a more offense-first back-up catcher this winter.

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