Rangers right-handed reliever Tom Wilhelmsen has forfeited about $1.8 million left on his contract after declining an assignment to Triple A Round Rock Friday.
Wilhelmsen was optioned Tuesday and cleared waivers Friday. It was the second time he had been optioned to Round Rock this season. He was sent down on May 16 and pitched well with the RoughRiders before being recalled June 4.
He allowed 25 earned runs in 21 1/3 innings with the Rangers.
“It’s unusual to see a guy walk from money but I respect his conviction and his priorities. I’m sorry it didn’t work out here,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “He’s a good guy and we wish him luck.”
Wilhelmsen is scheduled to work out for clubs in Arizona soon, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Wilhelmsen was acquired from the Mariners along with James Jones and a player later determined to be outfielder Pat Kivlehan in November for Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass. James Jones is hitting .248 with 16 RBI in 58 games for the Express. Kivlehan was designated for assignment on May 23 and later traded back to the Mariners for minor league right-hander Justin De Fratus.