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#603 Arbitration Q. There are guys showing up in my arbitration report who still have option years. What's going on?
  A. 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.

Here's a link with more details of how options work: MLB Options
#766 Arbitration Q. How are Arbitration Demands determined?
  A. If an arbitration eligible player sees regular playing time throughout the season his demands will increase at the normal rate based on his overall rating. However, if the player does not see regular playing time throughout the season then his demands will revert back to what he asked for the previous season.
#846 Arbitration Q. A player was released in my world but he didn't hit the waiver wire, why?
  A. If a player is arbitration eligible he will not hit the waiver wire he will become a free agent immediately.

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