Well that’s news to me. Most players get three option years, seasons in which they can be sent freely between the majors and minors. I was under the impression that Fernando Martinez had used all three (2009, 2010 and this season), and would need to be exposed to waivers if the Mets sent him to the minors next season. For example, Nick Evans has used all of his option years, and the Mets have exposed him to waivers every time they’ve sent him down this season. I thought that would be the case with Martinez next season, but I guess not. There are some hazy rules about fourth option years, and perhaps that’s what is going on here, but this was a surprise to me when I read it this morning.
Adam Rubin’s whole chat with DePodesta about the Mets farm is worth reading, by the way. But that was the part that made me say “huzzah?”