MIAMI (AP) – Reliever Antonio Alfonseca’s $2.75 million option for 2006 was declined Tuesday by the Florida Marlins.

Injuries limited the 33-year-old Alfonseca to 27 1-3 innings over 33 appearances this year. He was 1-1 with a 4.94 ERA and two blown saves, allowing 29 hits and 14 walks.

Alfonseca had a base salary of $316,000 – the major league minimum – and earned an additional $300,000 in performance bonuses. If he had appeared in 65 or more games, the option would have become guaranteed.

He pitched for the Marlins from 1997-2001, and rejoined the team after appearing in a career-high 79 games with a career-best 2.57 ERA for Atlanta in 2004.


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