What Options do the Tigers have left for the 2014 season?

Who is this man, and how many options does he have left? - Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Here is the updated 40 man roster, showing the salary, number of options remaining, service time, and other handy contract details for the 2014 Tigers.

Following are a couple of charts for the players on the Tigers' 40 man roster, indicating the service time, number of options remaining, arbitration or free agent status, and other contract details for each of the players.

The options remaining now include those that have been used through the 2013 season. The service time and player's age listed is as of opening day 2014, and free agency dates assume full time service in the major leagues until his contract expires or six years of service have been attained.

The first chart shows the players who either have five years of major league service time, in which case they can not be optioned without their consent, or have used up their options. This chart also shows how long the player is under contract.

The second chart shows the players on the 40 man roster who have at least one option remaining. This chart also shows the number of options and the number of years of arbitration eligibility remaining. A player becomes eligible for arbitration with about 2.121 years (two years, 121 days) of service time.

Players with Five Years' Service or out of options-

can not be sent to minors without consent or without clearing waivers

Player Service Time 2014 Salary Free Agency Notes
Justin Verlander 8.002 20 million
2020 5 year contract
Miguel Cabrera 10.101 22.0 million 2016 8 year contract
Ian Kinsler 8.000 16 million 2018 2018 $ 10M option/ 5M buyout
Torii Hunter 14.132 13 million
2015 2 year contract
Victor Martinez 9.114 12 million 2015 4 year contract
Anibal Sanchez 7.099 15.8 million
2018 4 yrs + 2018 option
Rajai Davis 6.167 5 million 2016 Two year contract
Joba Chamberlain 6.055 2.5 million 2015 One year contract
Joe Nathan 12.120 9.0 million 2016 Two year contract
Max Scherzer 5.079 15.25 million 2015 Sign it Boras!
Phil Coke 5.027 1.9 million 2015 Five years done.
Don Kelly 4.138 1.0 million 2016 Out of options
Evan Reed 0.82 500 K 2020 Out of options
Jose Iglesias 1.036 1.65 million 2019 Out of options

Note: Service time is read thus- 8.002 is eight years plus two days service time.

Service time listed as of opening day, 2014.

Players with Options Remaining starting the 2014 season

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

Service Time

Arbitration 2014 2014 Salary
Rick Porcello 1 8/15/2008 3/12/08 6/20/10 --- 4.170 3rd of 4 8.5 M
Alex Avila 3 8/5/2009

4.061 2nd year 4.15 M
Austin Jackson 3 11/2009

4.000 2nd Year 6.0 M
Alburquerque 1 11/20/09 3/16/2010 5/16/2013

2.147 Super 2 $ 837,500
Dirks 3 11/20/09

2.139 Super 2
1,625 M
Lombardozzi 3 09/2011 2.023 2015
$ 501,250
Smyly 2 4/13/12 7/29/12

1.149 2015
$ 500 K +
Holaday 2 of 4
6/06/12 6/21/12 3/19/13
0.049 Ineligible $ 500 K +
Krol 3 6/4/13 0.118 poss 2015 $ 500 K +
Rondon 2 11/20/12
3/28/13 0.104 Ineligible $ 500 K +
Putkonen 1 4/26/12 5/25/12 3/26/13 1.018 Ineligible

$ 500 K +

Castellanos 3 9/ 2013 0.029 Ineligible $ 500 K +
Options Left
On 40 man roster
First Option
Second Option
Third Option
Service Time
DOB/ Age
Pos/ Level
Crosby 1
11/18/11 3/15/12 3/15/13

0.015 9/17/88 25

LHRP/ AAA Toledo

Perez 1 11/18/11 3/15/12 3/19/13 0.065 3/26/91 23
IF/ Toledo
Ortega 1 of 4
11/2010 3/15/11 3/19/12 3/19/13 0.049 10/12/88 25 RHRP/ Toledo
F Martinez

0 9/1/90 23
3B/ Toledo
Mercedes 2 11/2012 3/11/13

0 11/2/90 23
R Cabrera 2 11/2012 3/11/13

0 11/5/89 24
C/ Toledo
Alvarez 2 6/9/2013 6/10/2013

0.58 5/6/89 24
LHSP/ Toledo
Ray 3 11/2013

0 10/1/91 22
LHSP/ Erie
Moya 3 11/2013

0 8/9/91 22
OF/ A+ Lakeland
Lennerton 3 11/2013

0 2/16/86 28
1B/ Toledo
Fields 3 11/20/13

0 1/23/91 23
OF/ Erie
Valdez 3 11/2013

0 3/1/90 24
RHRP/ Lakeland
J Miller
3 11/2013

0 6/13/87 26
RHRP/ Toledo
3 11/2013

0 8/12/89 24
LHP/ Toledo
3 11/2013

0 7/18/91 22
SS/ Erie

General Rules

Note that fifteen players on the 40 man roster will be optioned to the minor leagues (or traded, outrighted or released) before opening day. Those players optioned will use up an additional option once they spend 20 days in the minors. Phil Coke, Don Kelly, and Evan Reed are players who can not be optioned without clearing waivers. Coke and Kelly would also have to consent. Their contracts are not guaranteed, and can be terminated for one sixth of their salary by March 15, and one quarter by March 30.

Options: Once a player is placed on the team's 40 man roster, he may be sent on optional assignment (optioned) to the minor leagues in three separate seasons. That includes being optioned before the start of the season. A player who has less than five years experience as a pro, excluding short season leagues, but has been optioned three times, has a fourth option. This applies to Bryan Holaday and Jose Ortega.

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). Players on the major league disabled list also accrue major league service time.

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, Phil Coke now has more than five years' service time, so he can not be optioned without his consent. Rick Porcello, Alex Avila, and Austin Jackson will reach five years this season.

Arbitration eligibility: 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 needs about two years and 121 days service time. (Read 2.121). Andy Dirks and Al Alburquerque were super two arbitration players this winter. They will 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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