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Dodgers decline Jon Garland's option

November 5, 2009 |  2:04 pm

Garland Jon Garland became a free agent today, as the Dodgers declined the mutual option on the 30-year-old right-hander's contract.

Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Aug. 31 for a player to be named later who turned out to be infield prospect Tony Abreu, Garland was 3-2 with a 2.72 earned-run average in six regular-season starts for the Dodgers. Garland was relegated to relief duty in the National League Division Series and was excluded from the roster in the NL Championship Series.

The Diamondbacks are responsible for the $2.5-million buyout of Garland's $10-million option.

-- Dylan Hernandez

Photo: Jon Garland. Credit: Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press