ANAHEIM, CALIF., OCT. 30 -- Don Sutton, who is No. 11 on major league baseball's all-time victory list with 321, won't return to the California Angels next season, the team announced today.
Mike Port, the club's senior vice president and general manager, said the Angels had decided not to pick up the option on Sutton's contract and have asked waivers for the purpose of giving Sutton, 42, his unconditional release.
"We appreciate what Don has done for this ballclub and baseball in general," Port said. "He has given us some wonderful moments. Don is a good friend and a well-respected professional for what he has accomplished throughout his career."
Sutton was acquired by the Angels from Oakland in September 1985. He was 15-11 with a 3.74 ERA in helping California win the American League West championship in 1986 and was 11-11 with a 4.70 ERA this past season.
Sutton, who completed his 22nd big league season, is among the all-time leaders in several pitching categories. In addition to ranking 11th in wins, he is second in games started (740), fifth in strikeouts (3,530), eighth in innings pitched (5,394 1/3) and 17th in appearances (758).
Last season marked the 21st time in his 22 years that Sutton had won 10 or more games. He won his first major league game in April 1966, with the Los Angeles Dodgers, defeating Houston.
Sutton pitched for the Dodgers in 1966-80 before signing with Houston. He pitched for the Astros in 1981 and most of 1982, until being traded to Milwaukee on Aug. 31, 1982. Sutton pitched for the Brewers through 1984, when he was dealt to Oakland.
His 300th win came on June 18, 1986, when he beat the Texas Rangers, 5-1, at Anaheim Stadium.
The club also reported that outfielder Gary Pettis underwent successful surgery on his left hand.