Originally Posted by Wonderful Monds
Oh, right. I might owe that to the brevity of Twitter rather than Fay not knowing though. Ultimately Hamilton is probably starting next year in the minors regardless of if they call him up, so the end result is essentially that it will burn an option to call him up.
He wouldn't burn an option next year if he's not added to the 40-man roster this year. He has another year before he is exposed to the Rule 5 draft, so if the Reds don't call him up this year, they could keep him in the minors to start next season and not use an option. The only time an option is used is if you spend at least 20 days in the minors when you're on the 40-man roster.
The only thing that would happen if the Reds call him up this year is that he'd have his 3-year option clock begin, which means they have 3 calendar years left from the time he reports until they have to expose him to waivers before optioning him.