CINCINNATI (AP) - The Reds have decided to let right-hander Aaron Harang and shortstop Orlando Cabrera become free agents rather than exercise pricey contract options for next season.
The NL Central champions exercised 2011 options for right-hander Bronson Arroyo and left fielder Jonny Gomes on Wednesday. Arroyo was their top starter last season and will make $11.5 million next year.
The Reds are talking to Arroyo about extending the deal beyond 2011. The Reds would have had to pay Harang $12.75 million to keep him for next year. Instead, it bought out the option for $2 million. He went 6-7 with a 5.32 ERA last season, losing his spot in the rotation before the playoffs.
Cabrera would have gotten $4 million next year. The Reds bought it out for $1 million. He batted .263 with four homers in 123 games.