Jenifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates expect to decline the options of Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder, with both decisions due five days after the end of the World Series. Neither decision is much of a surprise. Both catchers have missed a lot of time with injuries, and both catchers come with high priced options when you consider their production. Doumit's option would essentially be a two year contract at $15.5 M, while Snyder's would be a one year, $6.75 M deal. The Pirates will pay $500 K to buy out Doumit, and $750 K to buy out Snyder.
Buying out both players doesn't necessarily mean the players will be gone. The Pirates can still negotiate with both players as free agents. They can also offer arbitration. If they offer arbitration and a player accepts, the Pira...
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