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Major League Baseball

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 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 informally, for nearly a century. Their use has evolved to the point where the Orioles have been at the forefront of maintaining a cadre of players who can be sent down and called up from the minors liberally to keep their pitching staff fresh. The Orioles' recent roster crunch aside, the philosophy of keeping optionable players on the roster is a now-emulated tactic...