Ortiz, too (but who didn't see that coming?), so says Mr. Lancaster:
The Reds and Rich Aurilia have mutually agreed to decline his $2 million option for 2006. The Reds have also declined their $4.55 million option on Ramon Ortiz, though he remains arbitration-eligible. Barring something completely unforeseen, I imagine they'll non-tender Ortiz by December.
Apparently, the Reds are leaving the door open to bringing Aurilia back as a free agent, depending on what else is out there.
Decline the $2 million but possibly bring him back later for less? Why didn't I think of that??