Players Traded After Having Options Exercised

Every offseason, once the playoffs are over and a new World Series champion has been crowned, teams must decide whether to exercise or decline options for various players. While some decisions are straightforward — think Robinson Cano, Yadier Molina and James Shields — others are complex. In some cases, the team exercises its option with the knowledge that a trade is a distinct possibility. If the team can secure the player’s services for something less than market value, he’ll be valuable as a trade chip even if he’s no longer a fit on his original club's payroll or roster.

Teams exercised a total of 19 player options after the 2011 season and two of those players have since been dealt. Here’s a closer look into the circumstances surrounding the two trades:

  • On New Year’s Day the White Sox sent right-hander Jason Frasor and his $3.75MM salary back to Toronto for Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb, a pair of 6’3” right-handers who have yet to reach Double-A. Though Jaye and Webb aren’t considered top prospects, they are better than nothing, which is what GM Kenny Williams would have ended up with if he had declined Frasor’s option.
  • Over the weekend, the Red Sox sent shortstop Marco Scutaro to Colorado for Clayton Mortensen. The right-hander posted a 3.86 ERA with 4.6 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and a 52.7% ground ball rate in 58 1/3 innings for relief for the Rockies in 2011 and may prove useful in Boston. If not, at least the Red Sox avoided the $1.5MM buyout on Scutaro’s $6MM option and moved him without taking on salary. Alex Speier of explains how the deal relates to baseball’s luxury tax and reports that the Rockies were the first team to offer to take on all of Scutaro’s salary this offseason.

11 Responses to Players Traded After Having Options Exercised Leave a Reply

  1. Cards_fan 3 years ago

    Have a pretty good idea Yadi won’t be a Cardinal next year

  2. Cards_fan 3 years ago

    I’m sure the team wants him back, but the Cards didn’t resign his bf Albert + he wants to hit free agency rather than sign an extension + he didn’t go to the 2 public events with the team this year = not with the team in 2013.  Just a hunch, I have no inside knowledge

    • stl_cards16 3 years ago

      “he didn’t go to the 2 public events with the team this year”

      You must be talking about the Winter Warm-up that the media wanted to make a big deal out of him not going to?  Yeah, the same one that he didn’t attend last year either.  He is just not big on the signing sessions.  He has said he will make a donation to the Cards charity instead.

      He has said before that he is willing to discuss an extension. 

  3. Ty 3 years ago

    Re: Frasor… I’m pretty sure he would have been worth a compensation pick or two if KW had declined his option and then offered arb (assuming he declined), though if he’d accepted he probably would have been slightly more expensive.

  4. hrbomber1113 3 years ago

    Reminds me when the Yankees traded Sheffield after 2006 after picking up his $13MM option. Seemed like a win-win at the time. Definitely a lose lose.

  5. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    It’s not really up to the team, they can try all they want but if the player wants to leave there will be other teams looking for a solid catcher.

  6. stl_cards16 3 years ago

    $100MM?  I don’t think Yadi is a $100MM player.  I think a 4/$48 extension is probably close.  If it’s anywhere close to $100MM then I expect him to leave.

  7. iains 3 years ago

    I think that’s just Kenny Williams

  8. $17857693 3 years ago

    I think those are 2 offers are his market range, i’d bet a 5/65,he’ll want years because he’ll be 30, and i think about 12-14m over those 5 years is reasonable to ask

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