Dodgers decline option on Billingsley; Wilson exercises his
LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers 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.