Restrictions on Optioning/Recalling Players to/from the Minors

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS:

1. No player may be optioned to a minor league club whose regular season (including post-season playoffs) has concluded.

2. No player may be optioned to the minors prior to the start of Spring Training.

3. An injured player cannot be optioned to the minors.

4. A player who is optioned to the minors generally must remain on Optional Assignment for at least ten days. (A player optioned to the minors during Spring Training generally must remain on Optional Assignment for the first ten days of the MLB regular season). The only exceptions are if the player is traded or claimed off waivers, recalled as the "26th man" for a doubleheader (second game of the doubleheader only if two games were scheduled after a postponed or suspended game from the previous day), or is recalled to replace a player on the MLB Active List (25-man roster) who is traded, claimed off waivers, or placed on the MLB Injured List, Bereavement/Family Medical Emergency List, Paternity Leave List, or Restricted List (but only pursuant to a suspension or administrative leave resulting from a violation or possible violation of the joint MLB-MLBPA JDV policy or a suspension resulting from a violation of the joint MLB-MLBPA JDPTP policy).
NOTE: If a player is acquired in a trade and is optioned to the minors by his new club within 24 hours, the player can be recalled from the Optional Assignment at any time without restriction, but if a player on Optional Assignment to the minors is claimed off waivers and is then optioned to the minors by his new club, the ten-day limit does apply. So as far as the ten-day limit is concerned, there is a distinction made between acquiring a player in a trade and claiming a player off waivers.   

5. All players on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled no later than the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season.


OTHER RESTRICTIONS:

6. A Rule 6 "Selected Player" cannot be optioned to the minors until restrictions have been removed.

RULE 6 SELECTED PLAYERS WITH MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS REMAINING (updated 3-28-2017):
NONE AT THIS TIME

7. Beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, a Rule 6 "Draft-Excluded Player" cannot be optioned to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day.

RULE 6 DRAFT-EXCLUDED PLAYERS WITH MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS REMAINING (updated 3-8-2019)
NONE  AT THIS TIME

8. Per Article XIX-A of the CBA, any player on an MLB 40-man roster who has accrued at least five years of MLB Service Time (as well as an international player with Article XIX-A contractual rights) has the right to refuse an Optional Assignment to the minors, or the player can elect to be a free-agent immediately upon being optioned (he has two days to decide).

If a player eligible to elect free-agency is optioned and elects to be a free-agent immediately, his contract is terminated and he receives no termination pay.

If a player with Article XIX-A rights refuses an Optional Assignment but does not elect free-agency, the club must either retain the player on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) AND Active List (25-man roster), trade the player, or give the player his Outright Release.

A player with Article XIX-A rights can waive his right to refuse an Optional Assignment in advance, but the waiver cannot be signed more than ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, the player has the right to designate in advance which minor league team to which he can be assigned, and the waiver automatically expires if the player is not optioned to the minors within 45 days or by the 45th day of the MLB regular season (whichever is later).

CUBS ARTICLE XIX-A PLAYERS WITH MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS REMAINING (last updated 7-31-2019): 
Tony Barnette, RHP (vested foreign player) 
Nicholas Castellanos, OF 
Steve Cishek, RHP
Yu Darvish, RHP
Daniel Descalso, INF 
Cole Hamels, LHP
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Jason Heyward, OF
Derek Holland, LHP 
Craig Kimbrel, RHP
Brandon Kintzler, RHP
Jon Lester, LHP
Jonathan Lucroy, C
Brandon Morrow, RHP 
David Phelps, RHP
Jose Quintana, LHP 
Anthony Rizzo, 1B
Ben Zobrist, IF-OF

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  • crunch 6 min 45 sec ago (view)

    cubs lose, cards lose, brews win

    cubs/brews tied (82-69)

     

  • crunch 30 min 47 sec ago (view)

    hoerner is a steady glove, but so far he is not much of a "playmaker" with how quickly he can turn a play.

    the mechanics are solid, but they're not quickly fluid.  watching javy will spoil a fan, though.

     

  • crunch 1 hour 1 min ago (view)

    7ip 6h 1bb 13k, 4r/er

    8Ks in a row a cubs team record

     

  • crunch 1 hour 57 min ago (view)

    ...and darvish strikes out f'n everyone as a followup.

    11Ks through 4ip...63 pitches

     

  • crunch 3 hours 5 min ago (view)

    darvish hates the cubs, and america, and puppies, but mostly the cubs.

    16 pitches, man on 1st, 3 runs in, and a visit from the pitching coach.  that's good stuff.

     

  • George Altman 5 hours 7 min ago (view)

    I like that last paragraph a lot, Phil. Then use whatever cash left over in arbitration to fix the bullpen. 

     

  • crunch 5 hours 14 min ago (view)

    c.kimbrel threw a 16-pitch simulated game, he could return by week's end if he doesn't have a setback

     

  • crunch 5 hours 50 min ago (view)

    4 additional charges (as of now, unnamed) have been filed.

     

  • crunch 5 hours 58 min ago (view)

    zobrist / cast / bryant / schwarb / contreras / caratini(1st) / heyward / hoerner / darvish

     

  • Arizona Phil 6 hours 44 sec ago (view)

    Betcha the Dodgers are really glad that they didn't trade Gavin Lux for Vazquez at the trade deadline. 

     

  • crunch 6 hours 6 min ago (view)

    28 year old PIT closer felipe vazquez (one of the best in the game for the last 3 years) nabbed for hooking up with a child for the past couple years (age 13-15).

    anything less than a full exoneration pretty much sinks his career unless he wants to run for office in Georgia.

    he's being charged with "one count of computer pornography - solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minor" (this was all uncovered when the mother of the child discovered text messages)

    later dude.

     

  • Arizona Phil 7 hours 28 min ago (view)

    I strongly believe that there will be some major changes on the Cubs after this season, even if the Cubs somehow win the World Series. There won't be a tear-down/rebuild lke 2012-14, but I can see the Cubs going younger.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 3 min ago (view)

    I think Jon Lester wil be treated as a much-respected "franchise legend" next season, getting the honor of starting on Opening Day, but then being considered the #3 or #4 starter after that before getting his well-earned $10M "golden parachute" after the season. He won't be disrepected by the club, but his time as the go-to guy at the top of the rotation will be over. (Actually it's already over). 

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that Yu Darvish does have an opt-out after this season, so if he and/or his agent think he can get at least 4/$81M (which is what he presently is owed 2020-23) as a post-2019 FA he could opt-out.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 51 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Colin Rea hasn't pitched in almost two weeks so I doubt that the Cubs will call him up (they probably should have assigned him to the AFL to get him back into SP shape, but they didn't). That said, If the Cubs were to call-up Rea right now (and they would really need to do it ASAP for him to be useful as a SP) they could recall Justin Steele and place him on the 60-day IL to open up a spot on the 40 for Rea, so that part really isn't a problem. 

     

  • Charlie 9 hours 4 min ago (view)

    Regarding last night's 9th: Kyle Ryan unwilling or unable to throw his curveball is a little ugly.