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.

Last Updated: March 13, 2018.

PlayerOption 1Option 2Option 3Option 4 (if nec.)
Jesse Biddle20152017 2018 (p)
Aaron Blair20162017
Rex Brothers20152017
Shane Carle20162017
Grant Dayton201420162017
Mike Foltynewicz20152016
Sam Freeman201220132014
Max Fried2017
Luiz Gohara
Anyelo Gomez (R5)
Jason Hursh201620172018 (p)
Jacob Lindgren2016*
Adam McCreery2018 (p)
A.J. Minter
Akeel Morris201620172018 (p)
Sean Newcomb
Jose Ramirez201320142015
Ricardo Sanchez2018 (p)
Lucas Sims2017
Arodys Vizcaino20142015
Chase Whitley**20142017
Dan Winkler (R5)
Matt Wisler20162017
Ozzie Albies
Johan Camargo2017
Charlie Culberson201220132016
Rio Ruiz2017
Ryan Schimpf2017
Dansby Swanson
Lane Adams201420152017
Ender Inciarte2014
Preston Tucker20162017
Not on 40-man/Non-Roster Invitees
Ronald Acuna Jr. (OF)
Kolby Allard (P)
Rob Brantly (C)201320142015
Mauricio Cabrera (P)201520162017
Ezequiel Carrera (C)201020112012
Christian Colon (IF)201420152016
William Contreras (C)
Jaff Decker (OF)201320142015
Travis Demeritte (2B)
Ray-Patrick Didder (IF)
Josh Graham (P)
Alex Jackson (C)
Luke Jackson (P)201520162017
Tyler Marlette (C)
Cristian Pache (OF)
Dustin Peterson (OF)
Phil Pfeifer (P)
Josh Ravin (P)201320152017
Austin Riley (3B)
Danny Santana (OF)201320142015
Kade Scivicque (C)
Miguel Socolovich (P)201220152016
Mike Soroka (P)
Patrick Weigel (P)
Kyle Wright (P)

(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 I’m not sure if (1) the player has to be on the active roster for 20 days or (2) Lindgren’s option was rescinded after his injury was found.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.
** – Chase Whitley is a tough one to grade. I originally had him out-of-options, but others (namely Braves Options Guy and MLB Trade Rumors) didn’t agree. In 2014, his contract is purchased and he’s sent to the minors later, but not for enough days to count as an option. I’m pretty confident he used one in 2015. He’s optioned to the minors and the MLB season begins on the sixth. He’s brought back to the majors on the 28th and later spends the rest of the year on the DL. That gives us a total of, at least, 21 days. In 2016, he’s activated off the DL and optioned on August 17. He’s brought back up on the sixth of September according to However, there was a discrepancy. News sources said he was promoted on the fifth. If that were true, he’d use 19 days during his demotion and it wouldn’t be counted as an option. Whitley is optioned to the minors three times in 2017 for a total of, I believe, 31 days. With that in mind, Chase Whitley definitely used an option in 2015 and 2017. We can also assume 2016 was a day short of his option because he signed a split contract with the Braves, which would imply that he has an option to use.

One final note – I didn’t include Sean Kazmar among the non-roster invitees, but he should be there. MILB and 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.