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10/31/2008 4:59 PM ET
A's decline to exercise option on Embree; claim Dillon on waivers
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OAKLAND -- The Oakland A's have declined to exercise their club option on Alan Embree for the 2009 season, the club announced today. The A's also claimed infielder Joe Dillon on waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. Dillon is a Bay Area product, having graduated from Cardinal Newman High School and Santa Rosa Junior College.

Embree signed a two-year contract with the A's with a club option for 2009 on Dec. 6, 2006. He went 2-5 with a 4.96 ERA in 70 relief appearances last year after going 1-2 with 17 saves and 3.97 ERA in 68 appearances in 2007. The 38-year old left-hander has pitched at least 60 games in each of the last 10 seasons and is one of seven pitchers in Major League history with at least 10 consecutive seasons with 60 or more games. Embree has a career record of 37-43 with 25 saves and a 4.55 ERA in 846 appearances. His games pitched are tied with Doug Jones for 33rd place in ML history.

Dillon split the 2008 season between Milwaukee and Triple-A Nashville, batting .213 with a home run and six RBI in 56 games with the Brewers. He also hit .263 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games with Nashville. The 33-year old right-handed hitter made his Major League debut with Florida in 2005, played in Japan in 2006, and also played for the Brewers in 2007. Dillon is a .257 career hitter in 122 games, including 13 games at second base, 13 in left field, 10 at first base, six at third base and one in right field.

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