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Cards Nix Osborne, Bragg Options

November 3, 1999

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Donovan Osborne’s $5 million option was declined Wednesday by the St. Louis Cardinals, who instead chose to give the often-injured left-hander a $750,000 buyout.

St. Louis also declined a $1 million option on outfielder Darren Bragg, who gets a $100,000 buyout.

Osborne, 30, was the No. 1 pick of St. Louis in the 1990 amateur draft, the 13th player chosen overall, but has been on the disabled list seven times in six seasons. He won 10 or more games three times, including 1996, when he was 13-9 with a 3.53 ERA.

He was the Cardinals’ opening day starter this year but made just six starts before hurting his left shoulder in early May and missing the rest of the season. Osborne, 1-3 with a 5.52 ERA, has a 47-45 career record with a 3.92 ERA.

Osborne, coming off a $12.5 million, three-year contract, missed all of 1994 after shoulder surgery. He’s also had a hernia, broke ribs in a 1996 car accident and been sidelined with groin injuries.

Bragg, 30, hit .260 with six home runs and 26 RBIs last season, before a season-ending right knee injury in early August.

Bragg, signed as a free agent before the season, has a .261 career average with 36 homers and 201 RBIs in four-plus seasons with Seattle, Boston and St. Louis.

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