Tigers options remaining, service time, and contract status

Phil Coke still has an option left, but the clock is ticking - Leon Halip

Here is the updated chart for Tiger players with options remaining, service time, free agency and arbitration schedules.

I took some time during the All Star break to update the handy options chart that I’ve been posting here from time to time. The options remaining now include those that have been used for this season. The service time listed is as of opening day this season, and the contract status should be up to date. Add 109 service days through the All Star break this season for players who have spent the full season on the 25 man roster. So much wonderful minutiae, all in one chart!

Players with Five Years' Service- can not be sent to minors without consent

Player Service Time 2014 Arbitration Status Free Agency Notes
Torii Hunter 13.132 Done 2015 2 year contract
Octavio Dotel 13.113 Done 2014 2013 Option exercised
Joaquin Benoit 10.040 Done 2014 2013 Option exercised
Omar Infante 9.120 Done 2014 2 year contract
Victor Martinez 9.114 Done 2015 4 year contract
Miguel Cabrera 9.101 Done 2016 8 year contract
Jhonny Peralta 8.118 Done 2014 2013 Option exercised
Ramon Santiago 8.095 Done 2014 2 year contract
Prince Fielder 7.068 Done 2019 9 year contract
Justin Verlander 7.002 Done 2020 5 year contract
Anibal Sanchez 6.099 Done 2018 4 yrs + 2018 option
Brayan Pena 5.081 Done
2014 1 year contract
Jim Leyland since 1986 None 2014 1 year contract
Dave Dombrowski since 1978 None 2016 4 year contract

Note: Service time is read thus- 7.002 is seven years plus two days service time.

Service time listed as of opening day, 2013.

Players with Options Remaining starting the 2013 season

Player Options Left On 40 Man Roster First Option Second Option Third Option

Service Time

Arbitration 2013 Free Agency
Scherzer (a) 1 5/31/07 5/31/07 3/13/08
4.079 3rd Year 2015
Porcello 1 8/15/08 3/12/08 6/20/10
3.170 3rd of 4 2016
Coke 3 9/1/08

4.028 3rd Year 2015
Avila 3 8/5/09

3.061 2nd Year 2016
Jackson 3 11/20/09

3.000 2nd Year 2016
3.138 3rd of 4
Fister 3 8/7/09

3.058 2nd Year 2016
Ortega 0*
11/19/10 3/15/11 3/19/12 3/19/13
0.010 Ineligible TBD
Alburquerque(b) 1* 11/20/09 3/16/10 5/16/13

2.000 Poss Super 2
Worth (c) 0*
5/16/10 3/26/11 4/14/12 3/28/13
1.144 Ineligible
Villarreal 0*
11/19/10 5/23/11 4/1/12 4/23/13
1.041 Ineligible TBD
Dirks 3 5/13/11

1.139 Poss Super 2 2018
Perez 1*
11/18/11 3/15/12 3/19/13

0.002 Ineligible
Crosby 1*
11/18/11 3/15/12 3/15/13

0.015 Ineligible
Garcia 2* 11/18/11 3/15/12 5/1/13

0.034 Ineligible
Marte 1* 9/1/11 7/3/12 3/28/13

0.154 Ineligible
F Martinez

Holaday 1* 6/06/12 6/21/12 3/19/13

0.049 Ineligible
Downs 3 7/03/12

0.093 Ineligible
Smyly 2 4/12/12 7/29/12

0.149 Ineligible
Putkonen 1* 4/26/12 5/25/12 3/26/13

0.079 Ineligible

Rondon 2*
11/20/12 3/28/13

0 Ineligible
Machado 2* 11/20/12 3/11/13

0 Ineligible
R Cabrera 2* 11/20/12 3/11/13

0 Ineligible
Mercedes 2*
11/20/12 3/11/13

0 Ineligible


* Denotes player has been optioned this season, can be optioned again without affecting status

(a) Scherzer was optioned in April 2010, but not for long enough to use an option. Scherzer now has over five years' service time and can not be optioned without consent.

(b) Alburquerque was optioned on 3/19/11 and on 8/23/12, but not for long enough to use an option

(c) Worth was optioned on 5/28/10 for 11 days but not long enough to lose an option

(d) Don Kelly was outrighted on 9/8/2006

2014 Arbitration status assumes players will accrue one season of service time in the major leagues in 2013 for players currently on the 25 man roster.

At least 20 days in the minors for Dirks would result in loss of super two status.

Worth was optioned four times in 2011 and five times in 2012. Villarreal was optioned twice in 2011, and three times in 2012, Perez was optioned twice in 2012. Ortega was optioned three times in 2012 and twice in 2013. Tuiasosopo was optioned twice in 2010.

General Rules

Once a player is placed on the team's 40 man roster, he may be optioned to the minor leagues in three separate seasons. A player who has less than five years since his first pro contract was signed has a fourth option. This is rare.

A player may be optioned multiple times in one season, and only one option per season is used. A player who is optioned can not be recalled for at least ten days, unless another player is placed on the disabled list. A player who is optioned for a total of less than 20 days in a season is not charged with an option (and he receives major league pay for that period).

Once a player has used up his options, he can not be sent to the minor leagues without first clearing waivers. If he clears waivers, he may then be taken off the 40 man roster and outrighted to the minors. A player may only be outrighted once in their career without their consent. A player who is outrighted more than once may declare free agency immediately or at the end of the season.

A player may not be optioned without his consent after he has accrued five years' service time in the major leagues. For example, Max Scherzer now has more than five years' service time. Phil Coke is scheduled to have five year as of August 22, 2013.

For purposes of free agency and arbitration, 172 days on the major league roster counts as one season. To be eligible for super two arbitration status, a player need about two years and 140 days service time. (Read 2.140). Andy Dirks and Al Alburquerque are possible super two arbitration candidates this year. If eligible, they would have four years of arbitration eligibility before free agency.


Eddie Bajek maintains a comprehensive data base that is always up to date, showing the exact amount of service time to the day. This data base is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive source of information about the status of players Tigers' organization. It's worth checking out.

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