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Rules concerning optioning players to minors
- Updated: July 5, 2012
With Gaby being demoted to NOLA, questions have arose as to why other veterans have not been given the same treatment. This is not as simple as it may sound, right or wrong. Here is an excerpt from the rulebook that may help clear up any misunderstandings as to why our more tenured players have not been optioned…
A player who is out of options but has not yet accrued 5 years of major league service can be sent to the minors if he clears waivers. (more on that below) When a player accrues 5 years of major league service, he can no longer be sent down to the minors without his permission, and any unused option years expire.
Hopefully this answers any questions, and clears up the confusion. Sometimes it is not as simple as saying, “You are not being productive in your role, take some time in the minors and sort it out”.