Phillies decline options on Vargas, Hughes, Neshek

Mon Nov 4 7:29pm ET

Players: Jason Vargas, Andrew McCutchen, Jared Hughes, Blake Parker, David Robertson, Mike Morin, Odubel Herrera, Phil Gosselin, Edubray Ramos, Jerad Eickhoff, Adam Morgan

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Phillies have declined club options on left-hander Jason Vargas and right-handers Jared Hughes and Pat Neshek.

Vargas was 1-4 with a 5.37 ERA in 11 starts with the Phillies, who acquired him on July 29 from the Mets. He gets a $2 million buyout instead of $8 million for 2020, and New York is sending the Phillies $2 million to offset the cost of the buyout.

Hughes had a 3.91 ERA in 25 appearances with the Phillies. He receives a $250,000 buyout instead of $3 million for 2020.

Neshek pitched 18 innings in 2019 and only 42 1/3 over the past two seasons while earning $16.5 million. He gets a $750,000 buyout instead of $7 million for 2020.

Philadelphia said pitchers Jerad Eickhoff, Mike Morin, Blake Parker and Edubray Ramos and infielder Phil Gosselin all had refused outright assignments to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and had elected to become free agents.

Pitchers Victor Arano, Seranthony Dominguez, David Robertson, Robert Stock and Adam Morgan and outfielder Andrew McCutchen were reinstated from the 60-day injured list, and outfielder Odubel Herrera was reinstated from the restricted list.

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