The option status of players on the 40-man roster is always an important situation to follow.  Remaining options play a big role in who gets roster spots.  A guy who is out of options is usually going to win a roster spot over a guy with options if the two players are close.  They can determine what kind of development plan a player can expect to see.  For example, Chris Leroux has been strong in multi-inning outings, but in order to convert him to a starter he would need to spend some time in AAA getting stretched out and building up his stamina.  That can't happen without an option. Options also determine how short or long the leash might be for a player if he struggles in the majors.  If a player struggles with an option, he might be sent down to AAA.  If a player is out of options, he ...

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