Whether he's a late bloomer or a mirage, we know Mendoza is one of nine Royals out of options (Photo Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

Out of Options: Series Introduction

Spring Training is a time of opportunity. While hope springs eternal in February, for a number of players it marks the beginning of the end as it relates to their time on their team’s 40-man roster. Those that are out of options and don’t make their club’s Opening Day 25 have to clear waivers before they can be sent to the minors.

MLB Trade Rumors did all of us a huge service when they published a list of those players that are out of minor league options. We may not know exactly which ones will fall victim to the various roster crunches around the league, but we do know that many of them will wind up on waivers just waiting to be claimed by another organization.

So just who are these players and if they hit the market what can they bring to the table?

That question is the impetus behind this mini-series. Putting a local slant on things, the topic shifts to wondering if any of these players, if made available, could fit into the plans, present or future, of the Kansas City Royals.

We can take a step forward as well and look at it from the standpoint of talent that an organization could potentially lose. The Royals for example have nine players on their 40-man roster that are out of options, which is the most of any of the 30 MLB franchises. Three teams – the Athletics, Orioles and Pirates – are close behind with eight.

Since this is a sizable list, this series will be broken up into several parts. For some organizations, an entire article will be devoted to their out of options players. From time to time two or more organizations will be combined into one piece when they each only have one or two players on the list.

Three teams – the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals and Arizona Diamondbacks – will have no representation in this series since they don’t have any players on their respective 40-man rosters that are out of options.

The intent here is to get through the entire list as quickly as possible with several articles in the series going up each day.

With the table set, I’m off to work on the first pieces in the mini-series. Naturally I will be starting with our division rivals in the AL Central and work from there. Up first will be the Minnesota Twins so stay tuned and check back often.

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