Restrictions on Optioning/Recalling Players to/from the Minors

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS:

1. Beginning with the 2020 season, no more than 14 players (formerly no more than 16 players) on a club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) may be on Optional Assignment at any one time prior to September 1st, and no more than twelve players may be on Optional Assignment at any one time beginning on September 1st and extending through the conclusion of the MLB regular season.

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

3. Beginning in 2022, a player can be optioned a maximum of five times in a given season.
EXCEPTION: An optional assignment back to a minor league affiliate after a player is temporarily recalled as the extra man for a doubleheader or other circumstances after August 31st will not count toward the five option maximum limit. 
NOTE: Because of the delay of the start of the 2022 MLB regular season, an optional assignment prior to May 2nd will not count toward the five option maximum limit.

4. Generally an injured player cannot be optioned to the minors. However, an injured player who did not accrue any MLB Service Time during the previous season, has not accrued at least three years of MLB Service Time, and was not selected in the previous Rule 5 Draft, can be optioned to the minors during a period of time beginning on the first day of Spring Training until the 15th day prior to the start of the next MLB regular season. 

CAN BE OPTIONED IF INJURED UNTIL 15TH DAY PRIOR TO 2023 MLB OPENING DAY (last updated 4-7-2022):
TBD   

5. A player who is optioned to the minors generally must remain on Optional Assignment for at least ten days (for a "position player") or 15 days (for a "pitcher or for a "two-way player"), and a "position-player" optioned to the minors during Spring Training generally must remain on Optional Assignment for the first ten days of the MLB regular season and a "pitcher" or a "two-way player" optioned to the minors during Spring Training generally must remain on Optional Assignment for the first 15 days of the MLB regular season.
EXCEPTIONS: The player is traded or claimed off waivers, is recalled as the extra 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 other circumstances, is recalled to replace a player on the MLB Active List (26-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), or is recalled and then optioned back to the minors prior to a game being played where the game is postponed or cancelled. 
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 (for "position players") or 15 day limit (for "pitchers" and for "two-way players") does apply. So as far as the ten-day ot 15-day limits are concerned, there is a distinction made between acquiring a player in a trade and claiming a player off waivers.   
CoViD-19 EXCEPTION: The minimum number of days a player generally must remain on Optional Assignment to the minors will be ten days for both position players and for pitchers in 2021 and extending through May 1, 2022.

6. A player can be optioned to any of his club's minor league affiliates whose season (including post-season) is still in progress as long as the player has not exceeded the maximum number of professional seasons allowed for players at that level, but if the regular season (and post-season) of all four of the MLB club's full-season minor league affiliates have concluded, a player may be optioned to the club's Spring Training Complex in September.   
NOTE: If a player is optioned to his club's Spring Training Complex in September because all of his club's minor league affiliates have concluded their regular seasons and post-seasons, the player will accrue MLB Service Time while on Optional Assignment. 

7. A player on Optional Assignment to the minors must be recalled no later than the day after the conclusion of his club's MLB regular season.

OTHER RESTRICTIONS:

8. A Rule 5 "Selected Player" cannot be optioned to the minors until restrictions have been removed.

RULE 5 SELECTED PLAYERS WITH MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS REMAINING (updated 3-12-2021):
NONE   

9. Beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season, a Rule 5 "Draft-Excluded Player" cannot be optioned to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day.
NOTE: An injured player with Draft Excluded Status who otherwise would be eligible to be optioned up until the 15th day prior to MLB Opening Day can be optioned only during a five-day window starting on the 20th day prior to the start of the MLB regular season up until the 15th day prior to the start of the MLB regular season.

DRAFT-EXCLUDED PLAYER WITH MINOR LEAGUE OPTIONS REMAINING (last updated 9-17-2022):
Javier Assad, RHP 
Jeremiah Estrada, RHP 
Esteban Quiroz, INF 
Hayden Wesneski, RHP 
Jared Young, INF-OF 

10. 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).
NOTE: 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, trade the player, or give the player his Outright Release.

11. 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 8-20-2022): 
Willson Contreras, C 
Yan Gomes, C 
Ian Happ, OF 
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Jason Heyward, OF
Wade Miley, LHP
Drew Smyly, LHP
Marcus Stroman, RHP 
Seiya Suzuki, OF (International player with Article XIX-A rights)

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  • crunch 7 hours 23 min ago (view)

    https://twitter.com/MLBastian/status/1576683740822065152

    Jordan Bastian @MLBastian
    After the Cubs came out to salute the fans, Willson Contreras remained on the field for several minutes to soak it in and wave to the crowd.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 38 min ago (view)

    pinch runner for contreras in the 8th...leaves to a standing O.

     

  • crunch 13 hours 45 min ago (view)

    chase anderson makes it 0.1ip, leaves with the bases loaded and cubs up by 3.

    some lazy fundamentals on defense and lack of making plays are to blame as much as anderson's poor control (3 walks, 1hbp).

     

  • crunch 13 hours 53 min ago (view)

    my god, the reds should be embarrased they exist.  we've seen them play a lot of terrible baseball this year vs the cubs.

    their owner has already hinted next year will not have any notable investment, too. fans are really sour on their ownership group.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 3 min ago (view)

    ...and a HBP.  legend.

    24th of the year.

     

  • crunch 14 hours 4 min ago (view)

    huge standing O for contreras.  "might be last home game version 3.0"

     

  • George Altman 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    If you run these projected FA salaries:

    Bogaerts or Turner -- $33-35m

    Josh Bell -- $18-20m

    Rodon  -- $25m

    Senga  -- $18-20m

    With Gomes, Hoerner, Madrigal, Happ, B. Davis, Suzuki, Mervis (DH) -- Stroman, Steele, K. Thompson, Wesneski, this team would fit under the CBT and compete for the Division. 

    That's absorbing Heyward, Hendricks, Bote salaries (if they can't trade Hendricks).

    If I was Hoyer, that's what I would do. By end of 2023 or early 2024, they could have PCA, Amaya, Wicks and Brown ready for MLB Roles.

     

  • crunch 1 day 6 hours ago (view)

    100% true, verified, and certified.

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    thanks for filling in that info.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Both Nick Hull and Grant Kipp are polished college seniors and should be more than ready for South Bend in 2023. Whether their stuff will be good enough to get AA hitters out once they get there is another matter entirely (TBD). 

    Both Hull and Kipp throw a high percentage of strikes (both over 75%). Hull FB 90-93, SL 82-85, and CV 78. Kipp FB  88-92, CH 80-81, SL 81-82,  CV 77-79.

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    Things more common than discussions about Cubs excess competent SPs:

    Loch Ness Monster sightings

    Bulls dominant Centers

    Yeti footprints

    Great Bears QBs

    Verifiable Bigfoot on crutches photos.

     

    Things as common as discussions about Cubs excess competent SPs:

    Great White Sox managers

     

  • Jackstraw 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    In my limited viewing/keeping track via ESPN Gamecast my take is all of Assad, Thompson, and Sampson have all pitched like young players with potential....when they are "on" and have good stuff working they look very competitive but struggle mightily and flat out suck when they don't.  I think Thompson is a step ahead of the other two in that regard, with Steele a level better...either he has bad stuff more rarely or has figured out how to compete with B or C game better.  Don't know about Wesneski since I don't know if he's had a bad start yet.  Next step is how do they all adjust to the a

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

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  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    hoyer in the booth in the 4th inning for interview...saturday game.

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    given the dumpster fire we've been watching the past 2 years, i'm glad this coversation about excess SP can even happen.

    the bats situation should be interesting.  some upgrade opportunities would displace in-house talent.  that could lead to trade opportunities.  it's hard to tell where the team will go in that direction.

    for those that aim for the moon, aaron judge turned down a 7y/210m+ extension from the yanks before the season began...before...