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Van den Hurk outrighted to Triple-A
CLEVELAND, Ohio (USA) - The Cleveland Indians outrighted Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk to the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A team of the organisation. The transaction was announced on Wednesday, April 4.

On March 30, the Indians designated Van den Hurk for assignment, which gave the club 10 days to decided what to do with the righthander. Options included returning him to the 40-man roster, placing him on waivers, trading him or releasing him. As Van den Hurk is now sent to the minor leagues, this means that the Indians first had to put him on waivers and that he was not picked up by another organisation. With this, he cleared waivers, meaning the Indians had the possibility to assign him to a minor league-team.

The definition of sending a player to the minors after he has cleared waivers is called 'outrighted'. If a player has more than three years of service time, he can refuse the outright assignment and become a free agent. He also can accept the assignment and defer his free agency until after the season. By accepting an outright assignment, the player mostly thinks that he will be added again to the 40-man roster before the end of the season (which is a possibility). If he is re-added to the roster, he no longer can become a free agent.

And so, Rick van den Hurk starts the season with the Columbus Clippers, which won the overall Triple-A championship title the last two years. On Thursday, April 5, the Clippers open their season with the first game of a 4-game series at home against the Louisville Bats, the Triple-A team of the Cincinnati Reds.

(April 4)

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