Re: Every Cardinal on their current 40 man Roster has options reports MLBTR.
posted at 1/29/2014 6:53 PM EST
Since I didn't see a link in the original post, here it is. This article is inaccurate and flat out wrong. Every player with over five years of service are out of options. The Cards have many players with over five years of service. They even name all the players that have options and the number of players with options are exactly 31... now that is a very impressive number, but that should have been the story. The way it was presented was misleading and inaccurate.
only three of the team's players have as few as one option year remaining. That notshort list includes Pete Kozma, Sam Freeman and Shane Robinson.
here is the full list of players (with less than five years service time) who have two option years remaining: Matt Adams, Peter Bourjos, Joey Butler, Keith Butler, Matt Carpenter, Allen Craig, Tony Cruz, Eric Fornataro, Jon Jay, Tyler Lyons, Carlos Martinez, Rafael Ortega, Jorge Rondon, Trevor Rosenthal, Kevin Siegrist and Michael Wacha.
Those with all three options left include: Angel Castro, Descalso, Greg Garcia, Randal Grichuk, Joe Kelly, Lance Lynn, Seth Maness, Shelby Miller, Mike O'Neill, Audry Perez, Taveras and Wong.
a player has a finite number of option years in which he may be moved between the major and minor leagues an unlimited number of times. If a player is on the 40-man roster but not on the active major league roster, he is said to be on optional assignment—his organization may freely move him between the major league club and the minor league club.
Once a player has been placed on a team's 40-man roster, a team has 3 option years on that player.
- A player is considered to have used one of those three option years when he spends at least 20 days in the minors in any of those 3 seasons.
A team may have a fourth option year on a player with less than five full seasons of professional experience, provided that both conditions are met below.
Once all of the options have been used up on a player, a player is considered "out of options" and a player must be placed on and clear waivers prior to being sent down to the minor leagues (there is also the "veterans' consent" rule; see below).
If a player has 5 years of major-league service, he may not be assigned to a minor-league team without his consent, regardless of whether he has already been outrighted once, even if he clears waivers. If the player withholds consent, the team must either release him or keep him on the major league roster. In either case, the player must continue to be paid under the terms of his contract. If he is released and signs with a new team, his previous team must pay the difference in salary between the two contracts if the previous contract called for a greater salary.