Out Of Options 2010

Here is MLBTR's list of players who are out of options and have less than five years of service time.  These players would have to clear waivers before being sent to the minors.  Right now the list is missing a few names, but journalists are on the case.

Chad Gaudin, Eric Patterson, Mike Wuertz, Jake Fox, Rajai Davis

Brandon Wood, Brian Stokes, Bobby Wilson, Reggie Willits, Terry Evans

Alberto Arias, Yorman Bazardo, Tim Byrdak, Jeff Keppinger, Humberto Quintero

Blue Jays
Brian Tallet, Shawn Camp, Dustin McGowan, Merkin Valdez, Dana Eveland

Melky Cabrera

Todd Coffey, Corey Hart, Joe Inglett, George Kottaras, Chris Narveson, Manny Parra, Rickie Weeks

Skip Schumaker, Ryan Ludwick, Blake Hawksworth

Jeff Baker, Tom Gorzelanny, Angel Guzman, Koyie Hill, Geovany Soto

Blaine Boyer, Leo Rosales, Edwin Jackson

Hong-Chih Kuo, Ronald Belisario, Charlie Haeger

Travis Ishikawa, Fred Lewis, Brandon Medders, Nate Schierholtz, Andres Torres, Eugenio Velez

Fausto Carmona, Shin-Soo Choo, Anderson Hernandez, Andy Marte, Rafael Perez, Mitch Talbot

David Aardsma, Brandon League, Franklin Gutierrez, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Ian Snell, Ryan Langerhans

Dan Meyer, Leo Nunez, Renyel Pinto, Brian Sanches, Cody Ross

Nelson Figueroa, Fernando Nieve

Jason Bergmann, Brian Bruney, Sean Burnett, Tyler Clippard, Tyler Walker, Mike Morse, Josh Willingham, Alberto Gonzalez

Matt Albers, Robert Andino, Jeremy Guthrie, Felix Pie

Edward Mujica, Tim Stauffer, Sean Gallagher, Tony Gwynn Jr.


Andy LaRoche, Delwyn Young, Ronny Cedeno, Joel Hanrahan, Hayden Penn

Joaquin Arias, Andres Blanco, Nelson Cruz, Luis Mendoza, Dustin Nippert, Scott Feldman

Willy Aybar, Jason Bartlett, Lance Cormier, Elliot Johnson

Red Sox
Boof Bonser, Manny Delcarmen

Homer Bailey, Wladimir Balentien, Nick Masset

Jason Hammel, Clint Barmes

Alberto Callaspo, Roman Colon, Kyle Davies, Josh Fields, Luke Hochevar, Anthony Lerew, Brayan Pena, Robinson Tejeda, Mitch Maier

Don Kelly, Brad Thomas, Bobby Seay, Ramon Santiago

Scott Baker, Clay Condrey, Alexi Casilla, Brendan Harris, Delmon Young

White Sox
Jayson Nix, Sergio Santos, Gavin Floyd

Sergio Mitre

Thanks to the following sources for the information: Matt Eddy, Susan Slusser, Bill Plunkett, Brian McTaggart, Jordan Bastian, Brewerfan.net, Nick Piecoro, Ken Gurnick, Chris Haft, Anthony Castrovince, Geoff Baker, Joe Capozzi, Adam Rubin, Ben Goessling, Dan Connolly, Corey Brock, Dejan Kovacevic, T.R. Sullivan, Marc Topkin, Alex Speier, Mark Sheldon, Jon Paul Morosi, La Velle E. Neal III, Scott Merkin, Bryan Hoch, Bob Dutton, Greg Schaum, Mark Wilkins

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64 Comments on "Out Of Options 2010"

5 years 4 months ago

This should be helpful for the Rockies: link to purplerow.com

5 years 4 months ago

Names that stand out on first look:

Brandon Wood
Tom Gorzelanny
Joaquin Arias

Mainly just looking for guys who haven’t gained solid footing in the majors, but the teams seemed to be high on at least at some point recently.

5 years 4 months ago

I’d add Jeremy Hermida to that list of names that stand out on first look.

5 years 4 months ago

I would add also Luke Hochevar from the Royals. He’s been off and on in his tenure in KC, but was drafted really high and came with a ton of hype.

5 years 4 months ago

Good call. I don’t think the Royals list was up when I made the first list.

On Hermida I didn’t list him because it seems like he’s been solidly in the majors since he came up. Being with the Red Sox now does change things, but even still I’m not sure that he’s out of options (see below). Looks like Tim even took him off the list at least for now.

5 years 4 months ago

Hochevar qualifies for a 4th option year with less than 5 years of pro ball since being drafted.

5 years 4 months ago

It’s awesome that we actually have this info now. This is a post that we’ve been wanting for a while. Thanks Tim!

I think that Freddy Lewis is in need of greener pastures. He really doesn’t have a spot in the Giants lineup but might prove to be valuable for another club. The Tigers perhaps.

5 years 4 months ago

Jeremy Hermida has one option left

5 years 4 months ago

It was posted by Kristina Kahrl from baseball prospectus the day of the trade if I remember correctly…

5 years 4 months ago

Maybe I’m wrong here, but looking at his numbers I don’t know that he’s even used his first option yet. His contract was purchased in late August 2005 and it doesn’t look like he’s been back to the minors for more than a few days at a time (most likely rehab stints) since. He’s at about 4 years MLB service, so he can’t refuse an assignment either.

5 years 4 months ago

This is correct. He has all three options available. Not sure where they got the idea he was out of options all together.

5 years 4 months ago

I will check into that one

5 years 4 months ago

Fontenot and Wells (and Parisi, but being a RuleV he is different anyway) should be added to the Cubs with Marmol, Marshall and Theriot all needing to clear waivers if they were to be optioned – basically putting them into the boat as well.

“Andres Blanco, Mike Fontenot, Mike Parisi, and Randy Wells have accrued less than three years of MLB service time, but all four have been outrighted previously in their career, so therefore each of them have the right to decline an Outright Assignment and become a free-agent.”

If any of the four were to be optioned, they would be able to refuse the assignment and become a FA instead.

While “Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, and Ryan Theriot must clear Optional Assignment Waivers before they can be optioned to the minors.”

Oh, any Cubs info (including the above) can be found here:
link to thecubreporter.com

5 years 4 months ago

just looking for clarification – your second paragraph indicates they can decline an OUTRIGHT assignment.

What i get from this is that if they were outrighted again (and not claimed on outright waivers), instead of having to accept assignment to AAA, they’d have the right to decline the assignment and declare free agency (by virtue of having been outrighted previously).

I’m not sure how being optioned is relevant to their ability to decline outright assignment re Fontenot and Wells unless they are infact out of options.

i’m not saying you are wrong, i’m just looking for clarification

and yes, Tim…this is fantastic.

5 years 4 months ago

The whole waiver rules are so confusing and such a mess…

Sorry, this is kind of correct and yes Wells is protected here. Fontenot actually falls under both categories though, being included in the Optional Assignment waivers Marmol, Marshall and Theriot face as well. He would not be able to be optioned unless clearing waivers and be able to refuse an outright assignment instead becoming a FA.