2012 MLB Vesting Options

The following players had options for 2012.  Lets see where they stand…

Bobby Abreu – $9 million option vested at 433 plate appearances

Abreu has made 532 appearances.  It would have been interesting to see what the Angels could have done next season with Mike Trout somewhere in the outfield, but Vernon Wells, Abreu (who has played 28 games in the outfield), and Torii Hunter (who will be a Free Agent after 2012) will be joined by Peter Bourjos as Angels in the outfield next season.

Adam Wainwright – $9 million in 2012 (if he is top 5 in Cy Young for 2010) and $12 million in 2013 if he doesn’t end 2011 on the Disabled List

Well, Wainwright will be an interesting case.  His 2013 option won’t automatically vest due to his Tommy John surgery and recovery, but his 2012 option vested when he was 2nd in the National League Cy Young voting in 2010.  Wainwright underwent surgery in February and will be ready for Spring Training.  He should have his first bullpen session in the next week.  If he comes back as half the pitcher he was before the injury, he’ll be a bargain…when compared to A.J. Burnett.

Aramis Ramirez – $11 million option vests if he wins the MVP in the National League or League Championship Series, OR if he is traded.

Ramirez was close to getting traded at the deadline until he went schizophrenic about his full no-trade clause and flip-flopped like a politician on whether he was willing to leave or force his stay in Chicago.  Someone should be able to get the soon-to-be 34-year-old for close to that this offseason.  With the weak third base market, he could force an extra year or two on his contract.

Rafael Furcal – $12 million option vests with 600 plate appearances

Furcal wasn’t EVER going to get to 600 plate appearances.  He’s injured about as much as Jose Reyes the last couple of seasons.  He’s had 726 plate appearances since the beginning of 2010.  He “wants” to stay in St. Louis, apparently, but he’ll probably “want” the most money he can get in his last chance for a multi-year deal.

Jon Garland – $8 million option vests with 190 innings pitched.

This looked like a great deal for Garland, who hadn’t thrown fewer than 191 1/3 innings since he became a full-time starter in 2002.  All of those innings caught up to him, though, as he needed shoulder surgery in July.  He’ll be on the shelf for nearly six months, so another incentive laden contract will be in the 32-year-old’s future this offseason.

Francisco Rodriguez – $17.5 million option vests with 55 games finished.

Ron Roenicke said that he was going to give K-Rod some closing opportunities when the deal with the Mets went down.  He has finished one game since the trade.  I guess Doug Melvin and Brewers ownership let him know how things were going to go.  There was no way in God’s green Earth that the Brewers were going to take a chance like that and pay a “closer” $17.5 million when they have Prince Fielder on the way out the door this winter.  Rodriguez has finished 35 games this season and won’t come much closer to that vesting option.

Joakim Soria – $6 million option vests with 55 appearances.

“The Mexicutioner” (quite possibly the coolest nickname EVER) has already made 58 appearances, allowing the Royals to have another year of an elite closer at a discount price.  Soria has had a down year when compared to his first four seasons, but his value is still evident.  He has an $8 million team option for 2013 and $8.75 million in 2014, each with $750,000 buyouts.  It wouldn’t be surprising for him to be dealt by the deadline next year, especially if Aaron Crow stays in the bullpen and becomes closer-worthy.


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