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Dodgers Pass Up Martinez

October 26, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The Los Angeles Dodgers said Monday they have declined to pick up the 1999 contract options for injured pitcher Ramon Martinez and infielder-outfielder Jim Eisenreich.

Martinez, a 30-year-old right-hander who has been the Dodgers’ No. 1 starter the last several years, was 7-3 with a 2.83 ERA in 15 starts last season before undergoing surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder June 30.

Martinez held opposing batters to a .206 batting average and had 96 strikeouts in 101 2-3 innings before being sidelined. He is not expected to be ready to pitch again before the middle of next season.

Martinez, who earned $4.8 million last season, has a 123-77 record, a 3.45 ERA and 1,314 strikeouts in his 10-year career with the Dodgers.

Eisenreich, 39, hit .215 with one homer and 13 RBIs in 105 games with Los Angeles and Florida last season. He hit .197 with six RBIs in 75 games for the Dodgers after being acquired as part of a seven-player deal with the Marlins on May 15.

Eisenreich has a lifetime average of .294 with 52 homers and 477 RBIs.

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