So, a couple different times now I have seen people reference the idea that Cesar Hernandez is out of options. And at least once I have had someone say how dumb I was for thinking that to be true. (They said it nicer than that, but whatever – and whoever that was on here, please speak up and take credit for beginning my enlightenment).
So here it is – Cesar Hernandez qualifies for a fourth option year in 2014.
I will link you to the article here from Matt Eddy at BA:
Unless the CBA has changed in the last couple weeks, (hint: it has not), we’re operating under the same rules in 2014 as we are in 2013. I’ll pull the the important bits here:
“Major League Baseball grants a fourth option to teams when a player has five or fewer professional seasons under his belt but already has burned through three optional assignments…The types of players who typically qualify for a fourth option include:
…Players who spend multiple seasons in short-season leagues, where they don’t accrue 90 days on an active roster because the season doesn’t last that long. This is particularly true for international players who sign at age 16 and require an acclimation period before embarking on a full-season league assignment.”
Sound like anyone we know?
Cesar Hernandez signed in 2006 and did not play. He spent 07-08 in the VSL, 09 in the GCL and 2010 in the NYPL. He needed to be protected from the Rule 5 draft that winter, and so he was added to the 40-man roster, and started burning options in 2011 at Clearwater, used another in 2012, and another this year.
He has, thus far, spent only two years on a roster of a full-season league, and 2013 will be his third. As such, he should qualify for a fourth option year in 2014.
Anyone not like my math? Anyone have reason to believe Hernandez would be otherwise exempt from this rule.