Shawn Kelley with a spring ERA of 1.98 was sent to Tacoma. In 13.2 innings, he allowed 15 hits, but only 1 walk and 11 strikeouts. Trader Jack Zduriencik said he had an option left and that Kelly had things to work on.
That is Jack’s standard phrase for every player over the years. “He has some things to work on.” The line is vague. What does the player in question have to work on? Nothing specific is ever given. In some cases it is clear, others, as in Kelley, not clear.
It is probably just coincidence that he gave up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedis in the Mariner loss to Oakland in Japan.
Also, lefty Charlie Furbush was the odd man out from the port side of the bullpen. His ERA in 10.1 innings was 0.83. But he had an option left. George Sherrill made the roster despite a dreadful outing in Japan. He must be out of options and he has that fallback tag of “veteran experience.”
Carlos Peguero was also sent toTacoma. He was hitting .294 with 5 home runs in 51 at bats. That comes out to a 50+ homer season. But he also struck out 18 times which translates to 180-200 for a full season. Overall I would take those numbers. But of course, he has options left and has “some things to work on.”
When you are out of options, it is like getting vested, or achieving professorial tenure; you have it made. Until then, you are under control of “options.”