Braves Option Years

This information is unofficial and should not be used as fact, but as an educated guess based on what resources I do have. I have removed veterans with at least five years of service time in the majors (they can decline demotions), but have also included several non-roster players who are in the system and of note.

Players whose name appear in italics are out of options and would have to be designated for assignment. A (p) next to the year indicates that the option is pending as an option does not become official until 20 days in the minors have passed. Finally, I’ve added a column that will inform you if a player has been DFA’d and outrighted to the minors. If a player has been, that player can refuse a minor league assignment in the event they are DFA’d again. Simply put, they can choose free agency over the minors. Players are allowed that option once in their career.

Last Updated: May 19, 2018.

PlayerOption 1Option 2Option 3Option 4 (if nec.)Outrighted Before?
Pitchers
Jesse Biddle201520172018No
Aaron Blair201620172018No
Shane Carle20162017No
Grant Dayton201420162017No
Mike Foltynewicz20152016No
Sam Freeman201220132014Yes
Max Fried20172018No
Luiz GoharaNo
Jason Hursh201620172018No
Jacob Lindgren2016*No
Adam McCreery2018No
A.J. MinterNo
Sean NewcombNo
Jose Ramirez201320142015Yes
Ricardo Sanchez2018No
Lucas Sims20172018No
Mike Soroka (P)No
Arodys Vizcaino20142015No
Chase Whitley201420172018No
Dan WinklerNo
Matt Wisler201620172018No
Catcher
Infielders
Ozzie AlbiesNo
Johan Camargo2017No
Charlie Culberson201220132016Yes
Phil Gosselin201320172018Yes
Rio Ruiz20172018No
Dansby SwansonNo
Outfielders
Ronald Acuña Jr.No
Ender Inciarte2014No
Preston Tucker20162017No
Not on 40-man/Non-Roster Invitees
Kolby Allard (P)No
Rob Brantly (C)201320142015Yes
Rex Brothers (P)201520172018Yes
Mauricio Cabrera (P)201520162017Yes
William Contreras (C)No
Travis Demeritte (OF)No
Ray-Patrick Didder (IF)No
Josh Graham (P)No
Alex Jackson (C)No
Luke Jackson (P)201520162017Yes
Tyler Marlette (C)No
Cristian Pache (OF)No
Dustin Peterson (OF)No
Phil Pfeifer (P)No
Josh Ravin (P)201320152017Yes
Austin Riley (3B)No
Danny Santana (OF)201320142015No
Miguel Socolovich (P)201220152016Yes
Patrick Weigel (P)No
Kyle Wright (P)No

(p) = Option pending. 20 days are needed in the minors for an option to be official.
(R5) = Rule 5 player. Will need to satisfy roster requirements (typically spend a season on major league roster) before eligible for demotion short of a trade.
* – In regards to Jacob Lindgren, it’s possible he’s used two options. In 2015, he was optioned to the minors for three months. However, he spent the entire time on the minor league DL. I’m not sure if (1) the player has to be on the active roster for 20 days or (2) Lindgren’s option was rescinded after his injury was found. Even if this does count as an option, he may still have two options left if a third option is used within five active seasons.

One final note – I didn’t include Sean Kazmar among the non-roster invitees, but he should be there. MILB and MLB.com transactions for player pages do not go beyond the spring of 2010 so I’m unsure of any options he may have used, though it’s likely he used at least one and possibly all three before 2010.