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Options and opt outs: Who can and can’t go to Triple-A

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 08, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Snow has been falling outside of my apartment for a while now. It wasn’t too bad a little before noon – I was out to pick up some dry cleaning, in case you’re curious – but this is looking like a good day to stay inside and watch that Bob Marley documentary that’s been on my DVR for about a week. Or maybe I’ll just keep watching this MiZ cover of Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes over and over again.

Either way, spring training can’t get here soon enough, and a quiet day like this seemed like a good time to check on the option and opt-out status of a few guys coming to camp with the Yankees.

Establishing minor league depth isn’t as simple as choosing a big league roster and putting everyone else in the minors. Not everyone can go to the minors. Only players with options, and those who’s contracts allow a minor league assignment, can actually end up with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and remain available should a need arise mid-season.

OPTIONS
Any organizational player added to the 40-man roster in the past year or two still has at least one option remaining. Most of those are self-explanatory with no cause for confusion: Dellin Betances, David Phelps, Adam Warren, Austin Romine, David Adams, Corban Joseph, Zoilo Almonte, Melky Mesa and any of the guys added to the roster this winter can be optioned to the minor leagues.

Four not-so-obvious situations are Eduardo Nunez, Francisco Cervelli, Cody Eppley and Ivan Nova. Cashman confirmed that each of those four has an option remaining. Yes, that means Cervelli could come to camp with a chance to be the big league starter and instead – once again – be forced to serve as minor league catching depth. It also means Nunez could be sent down to play shortstop every day, Eppley could once again shuttle back and forth from Triple-A to the big leagues, and Nova could land in the minors if he doesn’t prove himself this spring.

Chris Stewart and Clay Rapada are out of options. They’d have to clear waivers to end up in the minors.

OPT OUTS
Because of a rule in the new collective bargaining agreement, both Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera — based on service time — are able to opt out of their minor league contracts at the end of spring training. Cashman said both are viewed as all-or-nothing options; they’ll either make the big league roster as right-handed bench players, or they won’t be in the organization.

Dan Johnson can opt out at some point — Cashman couldn’t remember the exact date — but it’s not at the end of camp. He was signed as depth to fill-in if someone gets hurt, so he’s likely to open the season in Triple-A as an alternative should either Mark Teixiera or Travis Hafner go on the disabled list. Bobby Wilson, Gil Velazquez and Thomas Neal were signed to standard minor league deals without opt out dates. Those three can also go to Triple-A without a problem.

Jayson Nix signed a split contract and accepted his outright assignment after being designated for assignment. That means he can also be assigned to the minors. Same for relievers Jim Miller and Josh Spence, who were claimed off waivers, designated for assignment and outrighted. They can go to Triple-A as well.

Cesar Cabral
Kind of demands his own category. Cabral is still held to Rule 5 restrictions, meaning he has to be placed on the big league roster when he’s activated. However, because he’s coming off surgery and likely to open the season on the disabled list, Cabral can be assigned to a minor league team as part of a rehab assignment. Basically, the Yankees can have Cabral actively pitching in the minor leagues for about a month — without technically taking up a minor league roster spot — before having to decide whether to put him on the Major League roster.

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42 Responses to “Options and opt outs: Who can and can’t go to Triple-A”

  1. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    the expos were a disaster and needed to be moved.

    i used to go to the games in their carcaphagus.

    a HS football game probably generated more revenue.

    now they are an excellent franchise in a prime market.

  2. Jerkface February 8th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Very good breakdown.

  3. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    The Expos were not a problem until all the good players started being sold off in order to help Selig the scumbag and his pack of thieves to achieve their purpose. It was one huge conspiracy.

  4. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    ” trisha – true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    The Expos were not a problem until all the good players started being sold off in order to help Selig the scumbag and his pack of thieves to achieve their purpose. It was one huge conspiracy.”
    ——————————————
    revisionist history.

    and untrue.

  5. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 8th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Wrong. Read up on the history and then talk to me.

    Later y’all. Time to deal with the storm.

    :)

  6. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    claude brochu was the MGP of the expos when they decided to sell off thier stars.

    kevin malone was the GM

    4 years LATER with attendance and revenues crashing, loria bought the team.

  7. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    loria was able to take over the expos because the then owners refused cash-calls and would not fund the team’s operation anymore.

  8. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    either the expos were going to have to fold, or mlb was going to have to take over its operation (and fund it’s losses)
    loria stepped in and funded the losses for 4 seasons.

  9. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    repost
    yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Schilling is actually referring to a 2008 incident that was supposedly already investigated by MLB. It is old news that he decided to revisit.

    It’s snowing steadily here in North Central NJ, but small wet flakes with not too much sticking yet. Maybe an inch and a half. However, the wind has been blowing fiercely all day and visibility isn’t good. The worst of it is supposed to hit tonight into the AM. Keep warm and safe, all.

    Shame, Pens were supposed to leave early today and practice at the Rock this afternoon. I haven’t heard of an update.

  10. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    *heard an update

  11. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    but if you prefer the bud selig cabal story, knock yourself out.

    everybody loves a good story with a villain.

  12. jmills February 8th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/Z.....#038;rel=0

    Couldn’t help myself.

  13. blake February 8th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Jon Heyman ?@JonHeymanCBS
    #dbacks agree to terms with catcher rod barajas, as @nickpiecoro reported. Minor league deal

  14. ron February 8th, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    Getting burried here in wallingford ct.
    Had to work today.
    Left work at around 2:00 pm,and almost didn’t make it home.

    3 or 4 hills i almost couldn’t make it up.
    Had to back down,in reverse,waving for anybody behind me to get out of the way of my sliding car,then retried the hill,got stuck on all of them midway,but kept manipulating the gas pedal,and finally made it.

    Was so happy,but i think i lost 5 lbs.

  15. austinmac February 8th, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Interesting article by Marchand on the Yankees talking with Cano. He suggests(while I pray) this could signal flexibility on the cap. He also quotes a source, presumably with Boras, saying they had concern what the team will look like in the future.

  16. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    “Alex (Anaheim): Can the Yankees acquire a decent catcher (aside from undoing the Montero trade)? Or can Romine work out for them?

    Ian Miller: Romine is definitely not the long-term solution, in my mind. NYY *can* acquire a catcher, but at what cost? Are they just trying to build a bridge to get to Gary Sanchez? What if he crashes and burns? Frankly i was really surprised they didn’t acquire a first-division catcher this winter. Chris Stewart sure as hell ain’t the answer.”

    http://www.baseballprospectus......hatId=1006
    ________
    Although I’ll bet that JR will be up before Sanchez is.

    100, 000 in LI with no power? Ugh, if we lose power for more than a day again…

    Ron, glad to hear you are safe.

  17. austinmac February 8th, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I remember when D.C. was considered a bad baseball town. It shows what a good team will do.

  18. MTU February 8th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I hope all of you in the path of this storm fare well and stay safe.

  19. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    MTU, thanks and same to your relatives in NJ.

  20. randy l. February 8th, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    “I hope all of you in the path of this storm fare well and stay safe.”

    mtu-

    oh sure, show up here when half the day is over.

    what are you some fair weather blizzard poster ?

  21. jmills February 8th, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Ron, you’re a regular Gilles Villeneuve.

  22. yankeefeminista February 8th, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    Matthews just put up a story as well on our wanting to extend Cano, FWIW…

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....inson-cano

  23. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    its a stead inch-an-hour here in essex county.

    roads are terrible, traffic is crawling on local streets.

    the plows can’t keep up at this point.

  24. tomingeorgia February 8th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I warned all you guys two days ago that this would be a stemwinder, just from the wind and rain we got here. Two day, 3.6 inches of rain, and the front hadn’t hit open water yet. Good luck and stay safe.

    It reminds me of when I lived in Hackettstown. Let the dog out, and only saw here when she leapt out of the snow like a porpoise out of the sea. 37″ on level ground.

  25. austinmac February 8th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I shall enjoy my seventy degrees today. Of course, come July it will be seventy up there and 105 here. My son in Boston is enjoying it.

  26. MTU February 8th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Thanks YF.

    Will be in touch with them thru it all.

    I think Bahston will get see the worst of it.

    Randy-

    I’ve been dealing with my other obsession(s).

    This OS has been kinda boring but real baseball is almost here thankfully.

    Are you heading down to Fla. to see some games ?

  27. Chip February 8th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    the expos were a disaster and needed to be moved.

    i used to go to the games in their carcaphagus.

    a HS football game probably generated more revenue.

    now they are an excellent franchise in a prime market.
    —————————-

    YS Guy – The Expos were destroyed by Jeff Loria. He bought a minority stake in the team in 1999, kept issuing cash calls and when the other owners didn’t come through his stake grew. When he couldn’t get the providence to give him a new stadium he did everything to demolish the franchise up to and including nixing a broadcast deal so that there were no games shown in English.

    He then sold the team to MLB for $20mil as part of a deal to land him ownership of the Marlins.

  28. ron February 8th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    yankeefeminista
    Thanx.

  29. austinmac February 8th, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    I hate to report we lost Chone Figgins to the Marlins. No doubt that placates their fans.

  30. MTU February 8th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Mac-

    When Summer comes just head for RMNP, or Wells-Gray.

    ;)

  31. blake February 8th, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    @johnmanuelba: Closer Mason McCullough bringing it out of bullpen for #TarHeels … Regularly 95 on new stadium gun, which was 2 mph slow earlier

  32. austinmac February 8th, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    MTU,

    It is tough to take all summer. This year maybe England.

  33. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    in the strike year of 1994 the expos ‘finished’ with the best record in the NL.

    larry walker john wetteland and marquis griffin left after that season.

    after 1995 sean berry left

    1996 was moises alou and cliff floyd’s last season in montreal and attendance hit an all time high of 1.6M

    after 1997 pedro martinez left

    by 1999 attendance had dropped by more than half to 700K

    after that season the consortium who owned the team including the city, brochu and i believe some seagram’s family members refused cash calls and loria took over basically by paying off debts.

  34. Felix February 8th, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    MiZ does a pretty good cover of Paul Simon…Here’s a good cover of Graceland by a band from where I’m from Newfoundland… Check it out Chad… Hey Rosetta

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMxNCRAILk4

  35. MTU February 8th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    Mac-

    Just do what one of the guys in hiking club did.

    Hike from Scotland to southern England.

    That should keep ya’ cool.

    :)

  36. MTU February 8th, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    edit: in our

  37. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    there is about 3-4 inches on the ground here in essex and its tapering off. it’s supposed to stop by 8pm.

    then the fun starts at midnight with blizzard conditions and a foot more overnight.

  38. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    “YS Guy – The Expos were destroyed by Jeff Loria. He bought a minority stake in the team in 1999, kept issuing cash calls and when the other owners didn’t come through his stake grew. When he couldn’t get the providence to give him a new stadium he did everything to demolish the franchise up to and including nixing a broadcast deal so that there were no games shown in English.”
    _________________________________________________

    this is all true. and it all happend AFTER previous ownership sold off their stars and crashed attendance and revenues.

  39. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    so who destroyed the expos, the owners who sold off the stars and reduced payroll from $15M to $7M and reduced attendance from 1.6M to 700K….

    or the guy who THEN bought the team, increased payroll, increased attendance back over 1M, couldn’t get a stadium built then sold out?

    the team was in complete tatters when loria bought it.

  40. Nick in SF February 8th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Best wishes to all in the storm’s path.

  41. Ys Guy February 8th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    sorry it should have been
    “who destroyed the expos, the owners who sold off the stars and reduced payroll from $15M to $7M and reduced attendance from 1.6M to 700K AND ABANDONED THE TEAM FINANCIALLY…”

  42. blake February 8th, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Nick in SF says:
    February 8, 2013 at 6:44 pm
    Best wishes to all in the storm’s path.

    Co-signed….hope everyone stays safe and warm and that there aren’t too many power outages

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