Crain Sent Down

16 Jun

In a move that begged to be made, Jesse Crain was optioned to AAA Rochester to make room for Glen Perkins’ return to the rotation.

My only question was whether or not he had options remaining since he was called up (and added to the 40 man roster) in August of 2004 and had not yet used an option. There simply is too much talent in Jesse Crain’s right arm to give up on him. He is still quite young. This is the best thing they could have done.

10 Responses to “Crain Sent Down”

  1. Andy Darsow June 16, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Do they go with an 11 man pitching staff now or what? It was the right move. I’m also curious on how they sent him down without having to put him on waivers. Anybody heard anything on Span??

  2. Seth June 16, 2009 at 4:02 pm #

    He had options left. He’d never used any, so no need to put him or anyone else on waivers. He’s still on the 40 man roster.

  3. Andy Darsow June 16, 2009 at 4:13 pm #

    I understand that, but I thought that once you had been in the majors for three years of service time you automatically had to be put on waivers to be sent down. I always have questions on how the waiver wire works so this is interesting to me.

  4. Seth June 16, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    Only have to be put on waivers if you are taken off the 40 man roster

  5. thrylos98 June 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    How come Young does not have any options left? Very similar situation, only Young has called up in the bigs for good (like Crain) 2 years after Crain. Young is on an split contract and Crain is on an MLB contract. I am a bit confused đŸ™‚

  6. Seth June 16, 2009 at 5:04 pm #

    Young signed a major league contract when he was drafted first overall in 2003. His first option year was 2004, 2005 and 2006 as he was sent down each of those years. Because he was signed to a Major League contract, there is a fourth contract year (2007)… I may be off by a year there.

    Crain wasn’t signed to a big league contract and wasn’t added to the 40 man roster until his call up in 2004. He was never “optioned” to the minor leagues, so he hasn’t used any options. That said, I do think there is something about years of service that does factor in and so I think he just has this one left.

  7. thrylos98 June 16, 2009 at 5:06 pm #

    Ok, thanks đŸ™‚ I still think that there is something physically wrong with him. He has not been the same since he came back from the DL early in the season and his release point after that says that he is favoring that shoulder. I hope he is ok and I would have been happier if they sent him to a doctor first. Pairing him up with Cuellar could only be good for him. I’d love to see him learn a change up.

  8. J. Lichty June 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    My understanding is that the three option years remain until the player reaches the 5/10 designation – of course a player could become a free agent after 3 years if MLB service time (or less) if arb not offered.

    Thus the protection for the player would be triggered either after year five (if the player had been with the same team like Crain) or after year six (the last of the arb years assuming that the player is offered arbitration)

    Of course this will affect Crains MLB service time, but not sure how that affects his 5/10 status.

  9. TT June 16, 2009 at 11:10 pm #

    Span is on DL and Pridie has been called up.

    According to the STRIB Crain was 37 days short of five years of service. After that he could have refused being optioned and become a free agent.

  10. scot June 17, 2009 at 7:28 pm #

    Glad they finally sent Crain down to work on some things and hopefully get it together. I’d like to see him make it back this season.

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