Optional Assignment Waivers

Optional Assignment Waivers must be secured before a player can be optioned to the minors once he has reached the third anniversary of being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List for the first time, or the two-year anniversary if the player spent one full season on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List for the first time, or the one-year anniversary if the player spent two full seasons on Optional Assignment to the minors prior to being added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List for the first time.

Optional Assignment Waivers are revocable and can be withdrawn if a claim is made, but if a player is claimed off Optional Assignment Waivers and the waiver request is subsequently withdrawn, the player cannot be placed on Optional Assignment Waivers or Trade Assignment Waivers for at least 30 days from the date the waiver request is withdrawn, and if a player is placed on Optional Assignment Waivers a second time in the same waiver period, the waivers become irrevocable and the request cannot be withdrawn. A player who has a "no trade" right (full or partial) cannot be placed on Optional Assignment Waivers a second time before the end of the waiver period unless the player first waives his "no trade" right.

Optional Assignment Waivers secured during the waiver period that commences on February 16th and during the waiver period that starts on the 31st day of the MLB regular season are in effect for the entire waiver period, but Optional Assignment Waivers secured during the waiver period that begins on August 1st are in effect only through the conclusion of the MLB regular season.

Optional Assignment Waivers secured on a player who is on an MLB Disabled List expire after 72 hours. 

If a player on an MLB Disabled List is placed on Optional Assignment Waivers, he must be eligible to be reinstated from the DL and healthy enough to play. If waivers are secured, the player must be reinstated from the DL within 72 hours. If the player is claimed and the waiver request is subsequently withdrawn, the player must be reinstated from the DL immediately.

A club does not have to option a player to the minors after Optional Assignment Waivers have been secured.

Optional Assignment Waivers cannot be requested after October 1st or secured prior to February 16th.

Optional Assignment Waivers are not required if a player is being sent to the minors using a 4th minor league option, or if a player is being optioned to the minors within 24 hours after being acquired in a trade, or if a player is being optioned back to the minors after being recalled to serve as the "26th man" in a doubleheader.

OPTIONAL ASSIGNMENT WAIVERS MUST BE SECURED BEFORE PLAYER CAN BE OPTIONED (updated  8-3-2016):
Jake Arrieta, RHP (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Trevor Cahill, RHP (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Aroldis Chapman, LHP (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Chris Coghlan, OF (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Dexter Fowler, OF (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Justin Grimm, RHP
Jason Heyward, OF (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
John Lackey, RHP (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Jon Lester, LHP (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Miguel Montero, C (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Joe Smith, RHP (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned)
Ben Zobrist, IF-OF (also can refuse Optional Assignment or elect free-agency if optioned) 

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