The Colorado Rockies announced Friday that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Dinelson Lamet off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers. (Fellow righty Ashton Goudeau was designated for assignment in the corresponding move.) Lamet joining the Rockies caps an unusual week of trades involving him, the most notable of which occurred Monday when he was sent in four parts to Milwaukee. -player return in the Josh Hader trade.
How did the Brewers consider Lamet a trade-worthy player within days of the waiver wire — and before he met with Milwaukee? It has less to do with anything he did and more to do with the rules governing service time and optional assignments.
The short version goes like this. Any player with at least five years of major league service can decline an optional assignment. Since Lamet had more than five years of service, he had the right to refuse this assignment. The numbers on the Brewers’ roster were crumbling — remember, teams can now carry a maximum of 13 pitchers — and so he remained the odd man out.
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