Giants decline options on outfielders Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd

Thursday November 5th, 2015

The San Francisco Giants have declined options on outfielders Nori Aoki and Marlon Byrd, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.

Aoki, 33, had a $5.5 million option and a $700,000 buyout. He batted .287 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 93 games for the Giants before sustaining a broken right leg and concussion in the second half of the season.

Despite declining Aoki’s option, the Giants are still open to re-signing him, Baggarly reports.

Byrd, 38, had an $8 million option with no buyout.​ He was acquired by the Giants from the Cincinnati Reds on Aug. 20 in exchange for Double A pitching prospect Stephen Johnson.

The Giants used Byrd, 38, to help offset injuries to outfielders Hunter Pence and Angel Pagan, who were both on the disabled list at the time of the acquisition.

In 135 games last season, Byrd batted .247 with 23 home runs and 73 RBIs.

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