Xavier Paul took the International League batting lead over the weekend.

On Tuesday, he took an opportunity to become a free agent.

Paul, hitting .318, is seven points clear of Pawtucket’s Ryan Lavarnway and Mauro Gomez in the IL batting race, but elected to take free agency today over continuing the season with the Syracuse Chiefs.

Paul had an "out" clause in his contract.

The Chiefs outfielder has been battling through a slight, but nagging leg injury over the last few weeks and has been batting primarily as the designated hitter including the last three games in a row.

In 59 games this season, Paul is 67-for-211 with 30 runs, 16 doubles, eight home runs and 44 RBI. He was slugging .517 for the Chiefs. Over the last ten games he is 14-for-40 with eight runs, four doubles, a pair of home runs and eight RBI.

The Chiefs are finishing a the final game of a six-game road swing through Durham and Norfolk tonight. They return home for a three game set against the Buffalo Bison tomorrow.

Ben Meyers can be reached at (315) 282-2557, saratogacountysports@gmail.com, or on Twitter @CitizenMeyers

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