Rays decline $13 million club option on CF Kevin Kiermaier

Tampa Bay Rays' Taylor Walls, left, and Kevin Kiermaier celebrate the team's win over the...
Tampa Bay Rays' Taylor Walls, left, and Kevin Kiermaier celebrate the team's win over the Detroit Tigers in a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)(Jose Juarez | AP)
Published: Nov. 10, 2022 at 7:15 PM EST
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays have a declined a $13 million club option on centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier for next season, triggering a $2.5 million buyout and making the defensive whiz a free agent.

The 32-year-old Kiermaier spent parts of 10 seasons with the Rays, who drafted him in the 31st round in 2010. He’s a three-time Gold Glove winner who batted .248 with 82 homers, 316 RBIs and 112 stolen bases over 914 games.

The expected move comes after a season in which Kiermaier was limited to 63 games because injury. He last played on July 9 in Cincinnati and had season-ending surgery on his left hip in August.

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