Chris Leroux can refuse an outright assignment and become a free agent.
Earlier today the Pirates called up Bryan Morris and designated Chris Leroux for assignment. It seems like a simple process for each player. Usually when a player is DFAd, he is placed on waivers and outrighted to Triple-A. With Morris, he had been optioned to start the year, and was just recalled. But there are some stipulations surrounding each player that make these transactions a little different than the norm.
First there’s Leroux. I mentioned this in the article above, but Leroux isn’t a guarantee to go to Triple-A. Teams can outright a player to Triple-A after that player clears waivers. However, if a player has previously been outrighted, he can refuse the second outright assignment and become a free agent. Leroux has been outrighted before, so he could refuse if he cleared waivers and the Pirates outrighted him again.
In the situation with Morris, it’s an explanation of how options work. The common misc...