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Padres decline options for RHP Aaron Harang, INF/OF Brad Hawpe and RHP Chad Qualls
10/31/2011 4:33 PM ET

The San Diego Padres announced today they have declined their mutual options for the 2012 season for right-handed pitcher Aaron Harang and infielder/outfielder Brad Hawpe, as well as their club option for next season for right-handed pitcher Chad Qualls. Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes made the announcements.

Harang, 33, made 28 starts for the Padres in 2011, going 14-7 with a career-best 3.64 ERA (69 ER/170.2 IP) and 124 strikeouts against 58 walks. The right-hander had one stint on the disabled list, missing time from June 13 to July 8 with a right foot contusion. In 17 starts at Petco Park this past season, he was 8-5 with a 3.05 ERA (37 ER/109.1 IP) and 72 strikeouts against 35 walks with the Padres 9-8 in his starts at home. A veteran of parts of 10 Major League seasons, he has gone 95-94 with a 4.25 ERA (767 ER/1622.1 IP) over 268 career games, 262 starts, for the Oakland Athletics (2002-03), Cincinnati Reds (2003-10) and Padres (2011).

Hawpe, 32, played in 62 games for San Diego in 2011, making 50 starts for the Padres. The left-handed-hitter was placed on the disabled list on June 21 and missed the remainder of the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on August 5. Over his last 44 games from April 25 to June 18, before going on the disabled list, he hit .278 (40-for-144). A veteran of parts of eight Major League seasons with the Colorado Rockies (2004-10), Tampa Bay Rays (2010) and Padres (2011), Hawpe has hit .276 (801-for-2907) with 176 doubles, 23 triples, 124 home runs, 490 RBI and 398 runs scored in 893 career games played.

Qualls, 33, led the Padres with 77 relief appearances in 2011, his most games in a season since also working in 77 games in 2008. The right-hander went 6-8 with a 3.51 ERA (29 ER/74.1 IP) and 43 strikeouts against 20 walks this past season. His 77 games were eighth-most among all Major League pitchers. Over 39 outings at home in 2011, he was 2-3 with a 2.09 ERA (9 ER/38.2 IP), against going 4-5 with a 5.05 ERA (20 ER/35.2 IP) over 38 outings on the road. A veteran of parts of eight Major League seasons, he has gone 38-34 with 51 saves, a 3.78 ERA (228 ER/543.0 IP) and 426 strikeouts against 150 walks in 537 career games played for the Houston Astros (2004-07), Arizona Diamondbacks (2008-2010), Tampa Bay Rays (2010) and Padres (2011).

With today's announcement, the Padres now have 36 players on the 40-man roster.

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