The Tampa Bay Rays declined their options on reliever Dan Wheeler ($4-million) and infielder Willy Aybar ($2.2M).
Wheeler got a $1-million buyout and becomes a free agent, the sixth of the relievers who pitched significant innings for the Rays last season.
Aybar, who got a $275,00 buyout, remains under team control as he is eligible for arbitration.
The Rays also selected the contract of INF Elliot Johnson and put him back on their 40-man roster. He was taken off the roster at the end of spring training since he was out of options and wasn't going to make the team, then cleared waivers and had a strong season at Triple-A Durham.