Dodgers decline 2013 club options on Juan Rivera, Matt Treanor, Todd Coffey

Denis Poroy

The Dodgers will pay Rivera a $500,000 buyout rather than pay him $4 million to return for next season.

The Dodgers on Monday declined the 2013 options of outfielder and first baseman Juan Rivera, catcher Matt Treanor, and relief pitcher Todd Coffey, trimming their 40-man roster to 36 players.

Rivera had a club option for $4 million for 2013, but instead will receive a $500,000 buyout. He hit just .244/.286/.375 in 109 games for the Dodgers, with nine home runs and 47 RBI. He started 39 games at first base, 30 in left field, five games in right field, and one game at designated hitter.

Treanor's club option was for $950,000 in 2013, but he will receive a $150,000 buyout. He hit just .175/.281/.282 in 36 games, including five hits in his final 61 at-bats of the season. General manager Ned Colletti said after the season that the Dodgers would strongly consider Tim Federowicz for the backup catcher in spring training, and that most likely any veteran catchers brought in to complete for the job will be signed to minor league contracts.

Coffey's option called for a $2.5 million salary, but instead he will get a $300,000 buyout. Coffey's 2013 option seemed like a longshot as soon as his contract was signed anyway, but his Tommy John surgery in July sealed his 2013 fate. Coffey was 1-0 with a 4.66 ERA in 19⅓ innings with 18 strikeouts and nine walks in 23 games for the Dodgers, but after his surgery likely won't pitch again until July or August next season.

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