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As Spring Training gets closer to an end, it’s good to have the inside know on where each Braves player stands on Minor League Options.

What are Minor League Options?

Directly from MLB’s website:

Players on a 40-man roster are given three Minor League “options.” An option allows that player to be sent to the Minor Leagues (“optioned”) without first being subjected to waivers. Players who are optioned to the Minors are removed from a team’s active 26-man roster but remain on the 40-man roster.

A player who is on the 40-man roster but does not open the season on the 26-man roster or the injured list must be optioned to the Minor Leagues. Once an optioned player has spent at least 20 days in the Minors in a given season, he loses one of his options. Only one Minor League option is used per season, regardless of how many times a player is optioned to and from the Minors over the course of a given season. Out-of-options players must be designated for assignment — which removes them from the 40-man roster — and passed through outright waivers before being eligible to be sent to the Minors.

Added Bullets:

  • Players typically have three option years, but those who have accrued less than five full seasons (including both the Major and Minors) are eligible for a fourth if their three options have been exhausted already
  • Spending at least 90 days on an active Major League or Minor League roster during a given season counts as one full season.
  • A player’s option years do not need to be used in succession.
  • Players with more than five years of service time must consent to being optioned.

Braves Players on MILB Deals with 0 Options

Braves Players on 40-Man with 0 Options

Braves Players on 40-Man with 1 Option

Braves Players on 40-Man with 2 Options

Braves Players on 40-Man with 3 Options

Why are Options so Important?

For a team that needs flexibility, it’s important to have movable parts between Gwinnett and Atlanta (especially in the bullpen) that doesn’t come at the expense of a player being designated for assignment.

With the Braves having a full 40-man roster and the need to create roster space for 1-3 players before Opening Day, it’s worth noting that the pecking order of players in jeopardy of losing a 40-man spot likely starts at the players with the least amount of options. Unfortunately for him, it looks like Grant Dayton would be first in line.

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