Raburn can now decline option to minor leagues
Wednesday was a very big milestone for Ryan Raburn, and another potential roster road block for the Tigers. If Detroit wants to option Raburn to Triple-A Toledo again, they’ll need his approval.
Credit WalkoffWoodward.com and Chris Iott of MLive.com for picking up on it last week. Based on the Major League calendar of service time, Raburn today achieves enough time to qualify for five Major League seasons. According to the collective bargaining agreement, he has the right to decline a minor-league option, even though the Tigers still have an option available to use on him.
What Raburn has is a different scenario than having his options used up. A player who’s out of options must pass through waivers before he’s outrighted to the minors, giving every other Major League club a shot at claiming him if they’re willing to keep him on their 25-man roster. If the Tigers tried to option Raburn and he declined it, he would stay with Detroit.
he would become a free agent, free to sign with any club. Sorry for the mix-up. Just got a clarification from a baseball source.