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THE Winnipeg Goldeyes announced Monday that it has exercised the option on 17 players for the 2011 American Association season including catcher Luis Alen, sluggers Dee Brown, Juan Diaz and Aharon Eggleston.
Heading the list of seven players who became free agents was Kevin West, an all-star outfielder for the Goldeyes last season and the Northern League batting champion, who will explore his career options.
By exercising its option, the Goldeyes retain the playing rights to the 17 players but the players still need to be signed to an American Association contract in order to play during the 2011 season.
The Goldeyes further announced the club will retain the reversionary rights to pitcher Mark Holliman (Boston) and infielder Wes Long (Florida) should they be released by their major-league organizations.
The list of players for whom Winnipeg exercised its option includes pitchers Zach Baldwin, Antony Bello, Chad Benefield, Stephen Flake, Brandon Forshee, Drew Graham, Kevin Light, Jason Mackintosh, Chris Salamida, Ian Thomas and Ace Walker. Other position players for whom the Goldeyes exercised their option are Justin Justice and Price Kendall.
The list of free agents, in addition to West, comprises pitchers Emary Frederick, Chris Kelly and Bobby Korecky, as well as position players Brett Dowdy, Donzell McDonald and Brett Wallace, who played out his option.
West was the Goldeyes' only all-star last season when they were playing in the Northern League.
The 30-year-old was playing in his third season with the Goldeyes and earned the batting title with a .337 average. He hit nine home runs and recorded 70 RBI while leading the team with 20 stolen bases. He also played all 99 games.