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Minor league options a boon for Orioles, a bane for players

Minor league options a boon for Orioles, a bane for players

Kevin Gausman didn't know what they were until one of his was used, sending him on one of his now-frequent trips between Baltimore and Triple-A Norfolk. Chris Parmelee is out of them now, but says they're a “blessing and a curse” for a young player. Minor league options have been a part of the game, formally or not, for nearly a century. Their use has evolved to the point where the Orioles, to keep their pitching staff fresh, regularly send down and call up a number of players from the minors. The Orioles' recent roster crunch aside, keeping optionable players on the roster is a now-emulated tactic that the front office and manager Buck Showalter use to keep...

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