From the Cincinnati Enquirer:
The Reds declined a $4.55 million option on right-hander Ramon Ortiz on Friday and turned down their $2 million mutual option with infielder Rich Aurilia.
Ortiz, who gets a $175,000 buyout and is eligible for salary arbitration, was 9-11 with a 5.36 ERA in 30 starts last season.
Aurilia, who gets a $150,000 buyout, batted .282 with 14 homers and 68 RBI last season. He becomes eligible for free agency.
On Thursday, outfielder Jacob Cruz, who hit .236 with four home runs and 18 RBI in 110 games last season, filed for free agency.
The Reds also added to their scouting staff, hiring Jim Pransky, who had been in the Oakland organization.
I could see no reason to bring Aurilla or Ortiz back and hiring another scout always seems to be a good thing.