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Rays pick up Farnsworth option, decline option on C Kelly Shoppach

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The Rays will pick up the $3.3 million option for RHP Kyle Farnsworth for next season, but have decided to decline the $3.2 million option on C Kelly Shoppach.

They had also decided to pick up RHP James Shields' $7.5 million option for next year.

The Rays will buy out Shoppach's year for $300,000. But that doesn't mean Shoppach is necessarily out of Tampa Bay's picture. Agent Ryan Ware said Shoppach enjoyed his time with the Rays, and they're not closing any doors to a potential return on a different deal. Shoppach hasn't hit like the Rays expected him to when acquiring him from the Indians and signing him to a two-year deal in 2009, but his work behind the plate could make him a candidate to come back.

- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:40am]

    

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