There are guys showing up in my arbitration report who still have option years. What's going on?
Arbitration eligibility and minor league options are two different things, although most of the time they coincide.
Arbitration eligibility is simple in HBD: anybody with between 3 and 5 years of big league experience is arbitration eligible.
Minor league options are trickier. When a player is added to the 40-man for the first time, his options begin ticking. Each season that he is demoted from the big leagues or removed from the 40-man will result in the loss of an option year. If he doesn't get sent down in a season, he doesn't lose an option.
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