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A look at the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team from a GM perspective.

The 2013 St. Louis Cardinals are Full of “Options”

The option rule is in the books as a way to protect the player from being sent back and forth too many times by the parent club and then never really having them in the teams plans. So there is a “option rule” in place to check the team and what it believes to be the players true worth.

Option Rule:
When a player is added to a team’s 40-man roster, he is given three options. For a
team to move a player on the 40-man roster to and from the Minors without losing
that player, the club must use one of those player’s options. Now, keep in mind that
one option covers the entire year, so a team may move a player up and down levels
all season and only use one of the player’s three options. If a player stays on the
Major League roster for the full season, an option is not taken away from the
player.

What happens when a player is out of options?

He can not be sent to the minors without being placed on waivers. If he is selected then he becomes property of that team. Many times fans question why a certain player was kept over another. Possibly is has to be because a player is out of options.

Which players are close to being “out of options”?
PITCHERS:

•Michael Blazek (3)
•Mitchell Boggs (1)
•Keith Butler (3)
•Maikel Cleto (1)
•Eric Fornataro (3)
•Sam Freeman (2)
•Jaime Garcia (2)
•Joe Kelly (3)
•Lance Lynn (3)
•Victor Marte (1)
•Shelby Miller (3)
•Jason Motte (2)
•Jorge Rondon (3)
•Trevor Rosenthal (2)
•Marc Rzepczynski (2)
•Fernando Salas (2)
•Eduardo Sanchez (2)
•Kevin Siegrist (3)
CATCHERS:

•Tony Cruz (2)
INFIELDERS:

•Matt Adams (2)
•Matt Carpenter (2)
•Allen Craig (2)
•Daniel Descalso (3)
•David Freese (2)
•Ryan Jackson (3)
•Pete Kozma (1)
OUTFIELDERS:

•Adron Chambers (1)
•Jon Jay (2)
•Shane Robinson (1)

–list courtesy of From Jennifer L. @mlb.com

 

What you are likely to see is the Cardinals playing with their rosters when it comes to the pitching area. Up and Down may be quite frequent this year.