BOSTON (CBS) -The Boston Red Sox have declined team options on right-handed relievers Scott Atchison and Dan Wheeler, the team announced Monday.
Wheeler went 2-2 with a 4.38 ERA in his first season with the Red Sox after being signed as a free-agent over the offseason. A 12-year veteran, Wheeler has a career 3.88 ERA with a 25-43 record and 43 saves.
The team could still offer Wheeler arbitration. If Wheeler, who is a Class B free agent, declines arbitration, Boston would be eligible to receive a sandwich pick as compensation.
Atchison made 17 appearances for the Red Sox over six stints, posting a 1-0 record with a 3.26 ERA. He also pitched in 36 games with Triple-A Pawtucket, including one start, going 6-2 with five saves with a a 2.64 ERA.
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Atchison will remain on the club’s 40-man roster.