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The Official Out-Of-Options List

It's almost impossible, for all the information on the World Wide Web, to find a resource that lists players who are out of options. (Hint, hint, I'd pay a subscription fee for this kind of service.) Especially this time of year, options play a factor in the decision-making about who makes a team.

Well, it took some arm-twisting, as some help from thick-armed hired guns with Eastern European accents, but we've obtained a list. Here's your Official Out-Of-Options List for the Nats. If any of these players do not make the team, they would have to clear waivers before they could be sent down. (I'm including everybody, even those who are shoe-ins for the roster.)

* Kory Casto
* Mike Hinckley
* Steven Shell
* Josh Willingham
* Willie Harris
* Daniel Cabrera
* Ronnie Belliard
* Anderson Hernandez
* Joel Hanrahan
* Wily Mo Pena (who was placed on waivers on Saturday)

Here are a few other morning notes, Bottom Line style...

The next batch of cuts is coming today... The Nats hope that Daniel Cabrera, who missed yesterday's start with a muscle spasm in his neck, can throw a 40-pitch simulated game tomorrow... Jordan Zimmermann will throw a simulated game today at 10 a.m. ... Dmitri Young is expected to play seven innings in a minor league game today... The Nationals will have Craig Stammen start tomorrow in Lakeland, Fla., against the Tigers; this fills a hole that will help the rotation align itself for the season.

Here's your rotation for the rest of the exhibition season:

March 31 - Stammen
April 1 - Lannan
April 2 - Olsen
April 3 - Cabrera
April 4 - Martis

By Chico Harlan  |  March 30, 2009; 10:01 AM ET
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I would like to see a list of the best players on other teams who are both out of options and in danger of not making their teams. The Nats are still the kind of team who could swoop in and improve their team with someone else's castoff.


Posted by: kevincostello | March 30, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Completely off-topic, but I saw this and was totally amazed (

O's announcers up and leave

FORT LAUDERDALE -- This is a bit off topic, but too funny nonetheless:

The Orioles' flagship radio team of Joe Angel and Fred Manfra quietly left the stadium here today during a 90-minute rain delay and didn't come back for the final eight innings, telling their bosses at 105.7 The Fan in Baltimore that the game had been canceled.

"Yes, the rest of the game was not on the air back home and we don't know why," baffled Orioles PR rep Jeff Lentz said later. "We looked over during the game and they weren't there."

What if, for example, All-Star reliever George Sherrill -- who ended up pitching this afternoon when the game resumed -- had hurt himself? Amazing. None of the Mets' radio crew I talked to had ever heard of such a thing.

All you would-be announcers might want to get your resume tapes ready, because there could be an opening or two in Baltimore very shortly.

Posted by: erocks33 | March 30, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Where are they now?

The Phillies released veteran infielder Marcus Giles this morning. Giles was in camp as a nonroster invitee.

They also informed reliever Gary Majewski, utility infielder Pablo Ozuna and outfielder John Mayberry Jr. they won't be making the team, but they will go north with the club and play in exhibition games in Philadelphia this weekend against Tampa Bay.

--'s Jayson Stark

Posted by: dclifer | March 30, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

About the O's guys leaving:

sounds like there's more than 1 side to the story...

Posted by: Section406 | March 30, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

How can Mike Hinckley be out of options when his very first major league game was last September?

I don't get it. Anyone?

Posted by: rushfari | March 30, 2009 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Little late this morning...

Three days without TV or Radio. Ugh.

This'll be the last update since I am not going to bother documenting the bops back and forth between MASN and MASN2. I figure you can handle that on your own ;-)

Mon 30th (1:05pm) - No Joy in NatsTown
Tue 31st (1:05pm) - Hey!
Wed 1st (1:05pm) - Sigh...
Thu 2nd (1:05pm) - Radio: WPHT
Fri 3rd (1:05pm) - Radio: WFED
Sat 4th (3:30pm) - TV: MASN - Radio: WFED
Sun 5th (6:05pm) - Off Day
Monday 6th - Season Opener! Wooo!

Posted by: OldDude | March 30, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Once again, completely OT (I haven't had time to read through all the weekend posts/comments), but does anyone know how Shawn Hill pitched on Friday with the Padres?

Posted by: erocks33 | March 30, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

who the heck is Craig Stammen?

Posted by: NatsNut | March 30, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

wow, Chico. Is that stuff supposed to be trade secret? I thought there was a possiblity Willingham had an option, but the others all make sense. Hinckley having been on and off the major league roster, Shell having been around a while with the Angels.

This seems to most affect the calculus for the bullpen. If Bergmann has an option (not on your list), he may become a candidate to send down so Shell or Hinckley does not have to be cut. There does not seem to be a way to hide Hinckley at AAA to put Ledezma on the 25 man without exposing Hinckley to waivers. If LeDezma is willing to be stashed in AAA for a while until an injury / demotion, then this gives Hinckley a big edge.

Figure Hanrahan, Beimel, Rivera, Shell, Hinckley for 5 slots, perhaps Bergie on the merits, and one of Colome, Tavarez, or Ledezma for the last 2. Bergie's slot becomes the flex slot, with Mock et al called up when needed. I still think there's a decent shot for 2 of the Nonroster invitees to make it and Bergmann starting in the minors.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 30, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

I think Hinckley was on the 40 man for a while. In any event, he was waived off of it last Spring, resigned, and added in '08. I think that alone burns his last option.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | March 30, 2009 11:09 AM | Report abuse

"How can Mike Hinckley be out of options when his very first major league game was last September?"

Because that doesn't really matter. What matters is when and how long he's been on the 40 man roster.

"wow, Chico. Is that stuff supposed to be trade secret?"

As if. It's simply a matter of reading the rules, finding out when the guy was put on the 40 man roster, and doing simple math from there. And there are plenty of out-of-options lists floating on the internet.

Posted by: JhonnyBheGhood | March 30, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse


I believe someone said 2 IP, 2 ER, "normal" soreness after his outing.

Take all of that at face value, I suppose.

Posted by: faNATic | March 30, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

"does anyone know how Shawn Hill pitched on Friday with the Padres?"

From a box score standpoint, it looks like he got whacked around like the proverbial pinata -- two innings, two runs, two walks, back-to-back HRs.

Also, just noticed the following on the Pad's web site ("Hill not happy with first outing" ... well, duh).

Posted by: joebleux | March 30, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

> who the heck is Craig Stammen?

Were there a catcher on the roster with the surname Pistil, 'twould surely make for a productive battery.

Posted by: Ted_Striker | March 30, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Kory Casto's last stand. Can't see at this point where he can make the Opening Day lineup.

Hinkley and Shell have a good shot at the bullpen.

Posted by: dmacman88 | March 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

FiosTV now has MASN HD!!!!!!!!!!!

Man things are looking up.....

Catcher50.....I am still waiting for that link to Milledge being 15 in 2003, his first year in pro ball and the year he was 18 when he graduated High School....let me know when you get it.....

Posted by: JayBeee | March 30, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

O's radio team news....that is amazing....but hard for me to bash the O's....when was the last time the Nats Radio team was on??????? At least O's tried to prodcast a spring game.

Posted by: JayBeee | March 30, 2009 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Chico - big fan of and a subscriber - but, I cannot find a list(s) of players and the number of options that they have used/remain. Can I have a clue?

Posted by: comish4lif | March 30, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Milledge as a lead-off hitter is going to prove a very good idea. He's not that good a contact hitter. He's not that good a runner. Guy should definitely be a No. 5 or 6 hitter. Guzman or Hernandez should be leading off and Dukes should be in the 2 hole.

Posted by: dovelevine | March 30, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

I think you are close to seeing the end of Kory Casto with the Nationals organization.

He simply failed to take the next step despite multiple opportunities over the past 2-3 years.

The team's talent in the outfield and at first base (with Johnson healthy) doesn't leave room for Kory.

Posted by: leopard09 | March 30, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse


ve haff here ein reporrrt from der etomology polizei.

"shoe-in" seems to be misused as meaning "guaranteed job."

however, the phrase is actually "shoo-in," going back to the chicken yard in the back of the farm where all you had to do was say "shoo" at the chickens and they would go inside their pen.

as casey stengel said, "you could look it up!"

Posted by: natty-bumppo | March 30, 2009 9:30 PM | Report abuse

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