A.J. Burnett and the Phillies both declined their $15 million mutual option Friday, leaving the pitcher to decide whether to exercise his $12.75 million player option.
The 37-year-old Burnett went 8-18 with a 4.59 ERA in 34 starts during his first season with the Phillies and has said he isn't sure whether he wants to pitch next season. He has until Monday to decide on the player option.
First baseman Adam Lind was traded from the Blue Jays to the Brewers on Saturday for righthander Marco Estrada, ending the first baseman's nine-year run in Toronto.
The 31-year-old Lind hit .321 with six homers and 40 RBIs in 96 games last season, when he missed extensive time with a back injury and then a hurt right foot. He has a .273 career average with 146 homers and 519 RBIs.
Just before the trade, the Blue Jays exercised his $7.5 million option, preventing him from becoming a free agent.
Estrada, also 31, was 7-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 18 starts and 21 relief appearances. Estrada is eligible for salary arbitration and can become a free agent after the 2016 World Series.
Toronto exercised a $6.7 million option on lefthander J.A. Happ and a $1.75 million option on catcher Josh Thole.
Royals decline on Butler
The Royals declined their option for next season on Billy Butler, making the former all-star designated hitter a free agent for the first time in his eight-year career.
The Royals elected to pay Butler a $1 million buyout rather than exercise their $12.5 million option for next season.