Red Sox decline option on Thornton

The Red Sox today declined the $6 million contract option on lefthanded reliever Matt Thornton. He receivd a $1 million buyout and is now a free agent.

Thornton, 37, went 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in only 20 appearances after being acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 12.

Thornton was not on the roster for any round of the postseason.

The Red Sox have LHP Craig Breslow under contract and have control over LHPs Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales, who are arbitration eligible. Drake Britton is another possibility for the bullpen in 2014.

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