Bluebird Banter Library: Blue Jays Options and Outrights Table

Note to self: take a photo of a library. - Minor Leaguer

This is the ribbon-cutting post.

The Bluebird Banter staff would like to proudly introduce the Bluebird Banter Library: a place for Toronto Blue Jays fans to quickly access important information about the club. One of the highlights is a table which shows how many options a Blue Jays player has remaining, and in which years he was previously sent to the minor leagues.

To access the library click on the tab on your desktop device or the menu button on your hand-held device.



Right now our library only has a small collection, but we hope to populate it with interesting and useful resources for the Blue Jays fan. The inaugural collection includes a few things that have been posted in the past that will continue to be updated regularly:

Of course, the highlight is a great new resource compiled by reader MjwW: a table showing the option and outright status of every Blue Jays player on the 40-man roster (and a few who aren't). Quite often I would not know which players can be optioned and which cannot, and it is typically not trivial to find this information online but thanks to MjwW we can just head over to the Blue Jays Option and Outright Status page of the library to check.

Since there is no commenting feature in the library (because you shouldn't talk in libraries) I have reposted MjwW's work here for your discussions, questions, and comments. Go ahead and bookmark that page for even faster access when you need to find out whether or not a player can be sent down to the minors.

CORRECT AS OF 2014-02-28 (For up-to-date information visit this page)


Player Pos. Can Option? Can Outright? MLB Service Added to 40-Man Opt 1 Opt 2 Opt 3 Previous Outright Notes
Jose Bautista RF No No 8.165 12/2003 2005 2006
Mark Buerhle LHP No No 13.078 7/2000
Melky Cabrera OF No No 7.148 7/2005 2005 2006 2008
Brett Cecil LHP No No 3.152 5/2009 2009 2011 2012 Optioned & recalled in 2010 within 20 days
Steve Delabar RHP Yes Yes 2.015 9/2011 2012
R.A. Dickey RHP No No 8.007 4/2001 2001 2003 2006 2001 Outrighted in 2006, elected FA after season
Kyle Drabek RHP Yes* Yes 2.071 9/2010 2011 2013
Edwin Encarnacion DH No No 8.085 11/2003 2004 2005 2010 Optioned less than 20 days in 2007 & 2010
Ryan Goins SS Yes Yes 0.039 11/2012 2013
Anthony Gose CF Yes Yes 0.141 7/2012 2013 Optioned & recalled in 2012 within 20 days
J.A. Happ LHP No No 5.047 6/2007 2007 2008 Optioned less than 20 days in 2010, 2011
Liam Hendriks RHP Yes Yes 0.167 9/2011 2012 2013
Drew Hutchison RHP Yes Yes 1.128 4/2012 2013
Maicer Izturis IF No No 9.038 8/2004 2004
Casey Janssen RHP No No 7.063 4/2006 2006 2009 Optioned & recalled in 2011 within 20 days
Jeremy Jeffress RHP No No 1.017 6/2010 2010 2011 2012 2013
Chad Jenkins RHP Yes Yes 0.118 8/2012 2013
A.J. Jimenez C Yes Yes 0.000 11/2012 2013
Erik Kratz C Yes* No 1.158 7/2010 2010 2012 2010
Brett Lawrie 3B Yes Yes 2.055 8/2011
Adam Lind 1B No No 6.058 9/2006 2007 2008 2012 Optioned & outrighted in 2012 within 20 days
Aaron Loup LHP Yes Yes 1.083 7/2012
Dustin McGowan RHP No No 7.113 11/2003 2004 2005 2006
Deck McGuire RHP Yes Yes 0.000 11/2013
Brandon Morrow RHP No No 6.091 4/2007 2008 2009
Dioner Navarro C No No 7.091 9/2004 2005 2010 Optioned & recalled in 2012 within 20 days
Sean Nolin LHP Yes Yes 0.001 5/2013 2013
Luis Perez LHP No Yes 2.119 11/2008 2009 2010 2011
Kevin Pillar OF Yes Yes 0.047 8/2013
Colby Rasmus CF No No 5.000 4/2009
Rob Rasmussen LHP Yes Yes 0.000 11/2013
Todd Redmond RHP No No 0.129 11/2008 2009 2012 2013 2010
Jose Reyes SS No No 10.111 6/2003
Esmil Rogers RHP No No 3.135 11/2007 2008 2009 2010
Sergio Santos RHP No No 4.000 11/2005 2006 2007 2008 2008
Moises Sierra OF No Yes 0.105 11/2010 2011 2012 2013
Mickey Storey RHP Yes No 0.082 8/2012 2013 2012 Claimed off waivers & DFA in 2012
Josh Thole C Yes* No 3.085 8/2009 2010 2013
Neil Wagner RHP Yes No 0.158 8/2011 2012 2012 Optioned & recalled in 2013 within 20 days
Kenny Wilson CF Yes Yes 0.000 11/2013

Can option?
- "Yes" means a player can be unilaterally optioned by the club. "Yes*" means optional waivers are required prior to the player being optioned. "No" means the player is either out of option years, or the player's consent is required.

Can outright? - "Yes" means the team can outright the player upon clearing waivers without the player having the right to elect free agency. "No" means the player can reject the outright assignment and elect free agency

MLB Service - Credited service time as of January 2014, from in date format yy.ddd. For example, 3.102 means a player has three years, 102 days of service time. 172 days are needed to qualify for a full year of service time, although a player cannot earn more than one year's service in a season.

Added to 40-man - Date the player was first added to the 40-man roster, in date format mm/yyyy.

Opt 1/2/3 - Years that the player's first / second / third option years were used, if applicable. Use of fourth option year, if applicable, is indicated in notes.

Previous outright - Year that the player was first previously outrighted off a 40-man roster, if applicable.


Player Pos. Can Option? Can Outright? MLB Service Added to 40-Man Opt 1 Opt 2 Opt 3 Previous Outright Notes
Brett Carroll OF No No 2.102 6/2007 2007 2008 2009 2010 Fourth option year in 2010 (DL time in 2008)
Jonathan Diaz SS Yes No 0.009 6/2013 2013 Optioned & outrighted in 2013 within 20 days
Dan Johnson 1B No No 3.168 11/2003 2004 2005 2006 2008 Outrighted in 2010-11, 2013
Munenori Kawasaki IF Yes Yes 1.137 3/2012 2013 Potential 4th option year
Andy LaRoche IF No No 3.103 11/2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 Elected FA after 2010 outright (3 years ST)
Bobby Korecky RHP Yes* No 0.091 11/2007 2008 2009 2009 Claimed off waivers & DFA in 2009
Tomo Ohka RHP No Yes -.--- 7/1999 1999 2000 2001
Mike Nickeas C Yes* No 1.108 9/2010 2011 2012 2012 Outrighted after 2013, re-signed as FA
Juan Perez LHP No No 1.112 11/2005 2006 2007 2011 2011 Waiver claim in 2006, released in 2009
Ricky Romero LHP Yes* No 4.033 11/2008 2013 2013 Optioned & recalled in 2009 within 20 days
Steve Tolleson IF No No 0.161 11/2008 2009 2010 2012 2011 Outrighted 11/2012, refused assignment

Note: All other organizational players are not believed to have ever been added to a 40-man roster, and therefore retain their full complement of options and the ability to be outrighted off the 40-man if added.

Sources: Baseball-Reference,,

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