The Orioles began their offseason business Friday by formally declining the 2018 player options for left-hander Wade Miley and shortstop J.J. Hardy.

Hardy had been the team’s starting shortstop since 2011, participating in each of the club’s three playoff appearances from 2012 to 2016. Declining his option was largely a formality as the team acquired Tim Beckham in July to be his short- and long-term successor.

However, the now-threadbare rotation that only has Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman returning in 2018 — with Ubaldo Jiménez and Chris Tillman already declared free agents — means the Orioles had to give consideration to bringing Miley back at $12 million, even after a disappointing 2017.

Instead of paying Hardy $14 million and Miley $12 million, they'll pay them buyouts of $2 million and $500,000, respectively, to send them to free agency.