I took a moment to update my own little internal spreadsheet that tracks Player Options for the Nationals, now that Cots’ site has updated service time numbers for 2013.
This spreadsheet is in Google Docs at this link, as well as being in the “NatsArm Creations list along the right hand side of the blog.
Springfieldfan also maintains an options page on the Big Board with a bit more detail for other players in our system outside of the 40-man players that i’ve focused on.
Interesting Options developments for 2014:
- First and foremost, 40-man member Corey Brown exhaused his 3rd and last option in 2013. Does anyone think he’s going to be on next year’s 25-man roster as a bench player? Ironically the team needs lefty power off the bench, and Brown is a lefty with two straight power-filled seasons in AAA. But somehow me-thinks he’s going to lose out on this competition and faces a DFA sometime between now and April 1st 2014. He’s cleared waivers before and stayed in the organization, but with more teams purposely tanking right now I wonder if he’ll survive another exposure to waivers.
- A reminder that Ross Detwiler remains out of options, though the Nats have shown that limitation is easily worked around by virtue of “soft tissue” D/L trips as needed. Nonetheless, if Detwiler is healthy in spring training, he’s either your 5th starter, a lefty in the pen, or facing a transaction. It seems like we have this conversation every spring.
- Denard Span has achieved 5 years of cumulative service time, meaning he can refuse an option to the minors. Not that he’s in grave jeopardy of such a thing.
The bulk of the team remains very options-flexible, with 30 of the 39 guys on the current 40-man roster capable of being sent down if needed. This proved to be very handy last year when a number of guys under-performed, and may prove to be handy this year.
Frankly, Spring Training 2015 is going to be a big options showdown for a lot of guys on this team; I count at least four guys and perhaps more who are almost guaranteed to use their last options in 2014. But this is a topic for a post a year from now.