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 12-12-2019):
Trevor Megill, RHP

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 11-20-2019)
Miguel Amaya, C
Tyson Miller, RHP 
Colin Rea, RHP 
Manuel Rodriiguez, RHP 
Zack Short, INF 

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 11-4-2019): 
Yu Darvish, RHP
Daniel Descalso, INF 
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Jason Heyward, OF
Craig Kimbrel, RHP
Jon Lester, LHP
Jose Quintana, LHP 
Anthony Rizzo, 1B

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  • crunch 11 hours 12 min ago (view)

    MLB released their 2020 prospect list...  http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2020/?list=prospects

    #51 nico hoerner

    #68 brailyn marquez

    #78 brennen davis

    #95 miguel amaya

     

  • bradsbeard 22 hours 46 min ago (view)

    I thought he might be getting a minor league deal or like you suggest be rehabbing from the IL to start the year. But Rosenthal tweeted yesterday that it's expected to be a major league deal and Souza's twitter account shows videos of him running bases, taking BP, etc. Supposedly has been running at 100% since November. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    left handed tyler chatwood can go ahead and get picked in the rule5 if he puts up numbers like he has recently...

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    I would think it would be a low base salary (maybe $1M) with performance bonuses based upon days spent on the MLB active list. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    If the Cubs sign Steven Souza Jr to an MLB contract and he doesn't spend most or all of the 2020 season on the 60-day IL, he has Article XIX-A rights (he has accrued five-plus years of MLB Service Time) so even though he has two minor league options left he cannot be optioned (or outrighted) to the minors without his consent.

    Also, Souza will be an Article XX-B MLB FA post-2020 if he accrues at least 100 days of MLB Service Time in 2020 (and players do accrue MLB ST while on the IL), presuming there are no player, mutual, and/or club options in the contract. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    This might be another rehab signing, like Smyly in 2018 and Graveman last year. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    CRUNCH: That was why the D'backs non-tendered Souza even though they need outfielders. It was a really catastrophic knee injury. He's lucky if he can walk without a limp, much less run.   

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    As I mentioned here last year when he was claimed off waivers, Pelham does not have the right to elect free-agency if he is outrighted and he will not be a minor league 6YFA until post-2021 (so he will be under club control through the 2021 season, and eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft if he is not added back to the 40 in the meantime). 

     

  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    Pelham has cleared waivers and was assigned to Iowa.

     

  • crunch 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    yeah, but he severely wrecked his left knee, like 3-4 different structures in his left knee.  he had to have a total reconstruction.

    he must have had something resembling a decent workout if he got a MLB deal, though...or the front office feels pressured to do something.  it's no secret the cubs checked in on his availabilty years ago so they do have a historical interest in him.

    found an article... https://www.mlb.com/news/steven-souza-jr-has-knee-...

     

  • Eric S 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Have to believe it's a bench move. Souza has an interesting background - pretty quick synopsis of him as a player and teammate in Bleacher Nation:

    https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/01/24/cubs-reportedly-close-to-signing-outfielder-steven-souza-jr/

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    cd pellham outrighted to AAA and off the 40-man roster.

     

  • crunch 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    replies are hillarious...

    also, i hope this is an expected bench player move...especially since he destroyed his left knee in 2019 missing the entire year...and wasn't healthy in 2018.

     

  • Eric S 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Cubs on the brink of actually signing a free agent to a major league contract

    https://twitter.com/ken_rosenthal/status/1220789290575245313?s=21

     

  • Hagsag 2 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Tommy Birch tweets that Taylor Davis has signed with the Orioles. Hate to see him go. I will never forget his GS against the Deadbirds.

     

  • crunch 3 days 17 hours ago (view)

    cubs trade for travis lakins for a PTBNL or cash considerations from the rsox.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lakin...