ANAHEIM, Calif. - Garret Anderson's name is written all over the Angels' record book. But it might have been written on their lineup card for the last time.
The Angels announced Tuesday they would not exercise the club option in Anderson's contract, paying him a $3-million buyout rather than a $14-million salary next season. The longest-tenured Angel ever with 2,013 games over 14 seasons will be eligible to file for free agency for the first time the day after the end of the World Series.
The Angels exercised club options on RF Vladimir Guerrero and RHP John Lackey.
Anderson, 36, could re-sign at a reduced salary, something the team has "not closed the door" on, GM Tony Reagins said.
WORLD CLASSIC: Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara will lead Japan at the World Baseball Classic after two former national team managers said they weren't interested.
A'S: 1B Daric Barton has had surgery on his right hip, and LHP Greg Smith had an operation to remove loose bodies from his pitching elbow.
ASTROS: The team is freezing ticket prices at 2008 levels in response to the weak economy.
MARINERS: General manager Jack Zduriencik has started his remodel of the franchise, removing Bob Fontaine as the vice president of scouting.
PIRATES: Jim Benedict, a former Indians and Yankees scout, was hired as special assistant to general manager Neal Huntington.