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Brewers, Houser granted additional minor-league option

February 14, 2019 - 5:00 pm

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have been granted an additional (fourth) minor-league option on pitcher Adrian Houser, Adam McCalvy reports:

An minor-league option allows a player to be "optioned" to the Minor Leagues without clearing waivers, thus allowing that player to remain under a franchise's control and within a franchise's farm system. When a player spends more than 20 days in the minor-leagues, he loses an option. The option rule does not apply in roster moves that correspond to injured list (formerly "disabled list") decisions. If a player has had all three (the standard number) of his options exercised, or has logged adequate major-league service time, he must clear waivers before being sent to the minors.

In Houser's case, the powers that be have granted a fourth such option. This will allow the Brewers to move Houser between the Majors and minors in 2019 without the risk of losing him to another franchise via waiver claim. Once an option is used in any given year, the "option year" carries through the end of the season. That means the team will be able to send Houser down, and call him up, an unlimited number of before season's end.