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    Scenario Aif the team promotes him later that year, does he again have to be designated for assignment and be exposed to waivers if the team demotes him to the minors a second time that same seasonScenario B: the same player in Scenario A successfully passes through waivers in 2019. In 2020, his team again wishes to demote himScenario C: an out of options player is claimed by another team Later that same season, his new team wishes to demote him. Does his new team again have to designate him for assignment and expose him to waivers? Scenario D: the same player in Scenario C successfully passes through waivers in 2019. In 2020, his new team again wishes to demote him. Does *this* player again have to be designated for assignment and be exposed to waivers? (Scenario E:
    Scenario F: the same player in Scenario E successfully passes through waivers in 2019. In 2020, his new team again wishes to demote him. Does *this* player again have to be designated for assignment and be exposed to waivers? (Scenario G

  • #2
    welcome!

    and yes, all of that is what my impression of the rules are. but, I could be wrong.
    NL 12-team 5x5 auction keeper. no bench, limited 'free' moves #oldschool
    our owners have a combined 292 years of experience in this 36-year-old league that is being cryogenically frozen until spring 2021.
    a redraft, no-transaction "race to the finish" served as our 2020 entertainment

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    • #3
      "Ray Murphy suggested I posted this question to the forums. (I hope I chose the right one)."

      I meant to write "Ray Murphy suggested I POST this question to the forums"

      And, to clarify, I'm wondering if the player in question has to be designated for assignment in scenarios A through G.

      Thanks for the welcome.

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      • #4
        I also believe that the player must again pass through irrevocable waivers before being sent to the minors. Once a player is out of options, he remains out of options; a new year or having passed through waivers once doesn't reset the number of option years that a player has remaining.
        "It's not a lie if you believe it." -- George Costanza (Seinfeld)

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        • #5
          Thanks for your response.

          "Once a player is out of options, he remains out of options; a new year or having passed through waivers once doesn't reset the number of option years that a player has remaining."

          I realize that, but what I am not clear on is if passing through waivers once during a season creates any "exemption" from having to pass through waivers AGAIN for a certain period of time.

          For example, earlier this year, the Tigers put Drew VerHagen on irrevocable waivers with the idea of converting him to a starter. He wasn't claimed and was sent down.
          My questions:

          "1) If the Tigers promote VerHagen later this year, does he have to pass through irrevocable waivers if they demote him again, given that he already passed through waivers earlier that year?"

          "2) If they demote him in subsequent seasons, does the fact that he passed through waivers in a previous season create any exemption from having to pass through irrevocable waivers again?"

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          • #6
            if there's an exemption for that, some lawyer/negotiator at MLB Players Association should be fired.
            NL 12-team 5x5 auction keeper. no bench, limited 'free' moves #oldschool
            our owners have a combined 292 years of experience in this 36-year-old league that is being cryogenically frozen until spring 2021.
            a redraft, no-transaction "race to the finish" served as our 2020 entertainment

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            • #7
              Originally posted by medeaschild View Post
              My questions:

              "1) If the Tigers promote VerHagen later this year, does he have to pass through irrevocable waivers if they demote him again, given that he already passed through waivers earlier that year?"

              "2) If they demote him in subsequent seasons, does the fact that he passed through waivers in a previous season create any exemption from having to pass through irrevocable waivers again?"
              1) Yes, Verhagen must pass through waivers again.

              2) There is no such exemption. Verhagen must pass through waivers again.

              The source document is https://registration.mlbpa.org/pdf/MajorLeagueRules.pdf for details like this that are not covered in http://www.mlbplayers.com/pdf9/5450407.pdf (no easy reading, I'll warn you)

              A player has three, or in some cases four, option years during which his MLB club may optionally assign a player on the 40-man roster to the minors. Rule 11(c). Once those option years are gone, he must go through the waiver system described in Rule 10.
              "It's not a lie if you believe it." -- George Costanza (Seinfeld)

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              • #8
                I think the main cause of confusion is that for reasons that escape me, all anyone in baseball talk about is a player "being out of options." yet many teams will yo-yo a guy up and down 6-8-10 times in a season, leaving fans wondering how many options a player has.

                solution: say that a player is "out of option YEARS."
                NL 12-team 5x5 auction keeper. no bench, limited 'free' moves #oldschool
                our owners have a combined 292 years of experience in this 36-year-old league that is being cryogenically frozen until spring 2021.
                a redraft, no-transaction "race to the finish" served as our 2020 entertainment

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                • #9
                  Just wanted to thank the people who replied to this.

                  I vaguely recall some sort of waivers where there was some sort of exemption, but I don't remember any of the details. It's moot anyway, since it doesn't apply here.

                  And yes, saying a player is out of option years would be more descriptive. I know how option years work NOW, but hen I was first trying to understand the concept, it wt was confusing.

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                  • #10
                    believe me, it confused ALL of us!
                    NL 12-team 5x5 auction keeper. no bench, limited 'free' moves #oldschool
                    our owners have a combined 292 years of experience in this 36-year-old league that is being cryogenically frozen until spring 2021.
                    a redraft, no-transaction "race to the finish" served as our 2020 entertainment

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