Wednesday, January 11, 2012

How Herrera couldn't elect free agency...

I thought the rule was that a player with less then three years after going through waivers once then had the option to elect for free agency instead of accepting assignment.  So how did Daniel Herrera not have the option  to become a free agent, apparently despite moving between three teams last year he never made it through waivers...

tpgMets provided the following explanation...


From what I could gather, Herrera was DFA'd by the Brewers, but then Milwaukee changed their minds, reinstated him, and optioned him to AAA. The rule is that a player can only be outrighted once in his career without his consent, after which he has the option of becoming a free agent instead of accepting the outright assignment (he also earns that right once he accrues 3 years of Major League service). The Reds were going to outright Herrera last May, but they never got the chance because the Brewers claimed him. The Brewers were then going to outright Herrera last June, but they changed their minds and optioned him instead. So this is the first time in his career that he's been outrighted. Since that's the case, and since he has less than 3 years of Major League service, he had no choice but to accept the outright assignment to Buffalo.

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