Each year a bevy of roster moves get made by MLB teams that involve players being called up from and sent down to the minor league affiliates. All that has to be the case for a player to be promoted to the major league roster is for them to be on their respective team’s 40-man roster. However it’s not so simple to go the other way.  A player has to have at least one option, or more accurately option year, left if the team is hoping for a smooth demotion. If said player doesn’t have any options left, they must clear waivers before the trip to the minors occurs. The following list shows those players who are out of options while still on their team’s 40-man roster, thus needing to clear waivers when being demoted from the majors. Some are more obvious than others, but are still worth noting, especially when it comes time for teams to finalize their 25-man rosters as they head into the regular season.

AL East                    
Yankees Tommy Layne Gary Sanchez Aaron Hicks Chris Carter Austin Romine          
Red Sox Sandy Leon Blake Swihart Drew Pomeranz Bryce Brentz Tyler Thornburg Heath Hembree Steven Wright      
Blue Jays Josh Donaldson Ezequiel Carrera Ryan Goins Mike Bolsinger Bo Schultz          
Orioles Dylan Bundy Brad Brach Zach Britton Oliver Drake            
Rays Tim Beckham Chris Archer Nick Franklin Alex Colome Brad Boxberger Danny Farquhar Xavier Cedeno Esrasmo Ramirez    
AL Central                    
Tigers Tyler Collins Steven Moya Jose Iglesias Andrew Romine Dixton Machado Drew Verhagen        
Indians Lonnie Chisenhall Brandon Guyer Trevor Bauer Danny Salazar Dan Otero Zach McAllister        
White Sox Carlos Sanchez Rymer Liriano Dan Jennings Michael Ynoa Matt Davidson Laury Garcia        
Royals Christian Colon Cheslor Cuthbert                
Twins Jorge Polanco Robbie Grossman Ehire Adrianza Eduardo Escobar Michael Tonkin Danny Santana        
AL West                    
Rangers Jeremy Jeffress                  
  Stephen Vogt Liam Hendriks Raul Alcantara              
Mariners Leonys Martin Nick Vincent Evan Scribner              
Astros Max Stassi Brad Peacock Kevin Chapman Mike Fiers Jon Singleton          
Angels Cam Bedrosian JC Ramirez Austin D. Adams Tony Sanchez Shane Robinson Ramon Flores        
NL East                    
Mets Wilmer Flores Josh Edgin                
Braves Chaz Roe Ian Krol Jose Ramirez              
Phillies Cesar Hernandez Freddy Galvis                
Marlins Adeiny Hechavarria Derek Dietrich Dan Straily Jeff Locke Jose Urena          
Nationals Clint Robinson Sammy Solis Enny Romero              
NL Central                    
Pirates Alen Hanson Felipe Rivero Wade LeBlanc              
Brewers Jonathan Villar Manny Pina Jesus Aguilar Hernan Perez Kirk Nieuwenhuis Wily Peralta Carlos Torres Jhan Marinez Tommy Milone  
Reds Arismendy Alcantara Tony Cingrani Blake Wood              
Cubs Mike Montgomery Hector Rondon Matt Szczur              
Cardinals Dexter Fowler Matt Carpenter Yadier Molina Jhonny Peralta Adam Wainwright Mike Leake Lance Lynn Brett Cecil Jonathan Broxton Zach Duke
NL West                    
Giants Jeff Samardzija Mark Melancon Hunter Strickland George Kontos Cory Gearrin Conor Gillaspie Gorkys Hernandez      
Dodgers Chris Hatcher Luis Avilan                
Rockies D.J. LeMahieu Chris Rusin Cristhian Adames              
Diamondbacks Chris Herrmann Randall Delgado Gregor Blanco              
Padres Luis Sardinas Christian Bethancourt Christian Friedrich Paul Clemens Jarred Cosart Brad Hand Carter Capps