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Player options factor into determining roster

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VIERA, Fla. -- One of the things the Astros will consider while making their final rounds of roster cuts in the next two weeks will be options. Players who are out of options must clear waivers, which means they could be exposed to being taken by other clubs.

Right-hander Lucas Harrell, who's battling for a spot in the rotation, designated hitter Chris Carter and left-hander reliever Raul Valdes are all out of options. Valdes is certainly on the bubble when it comes to whether he'll make the rotation, but Carter appears to be a lock.

"Whenever you're making decisions on the ballclub, you want to do what's best for the organization," manager Bo Porter said. "The business side of it, all those things come in as factors when you're putting together a 25-man roster."

The Astros certainly weigh options with some level of impact in roster decisions, but the players who perform the best will make the club. However, if there are two players who are on equal footing as far as the type of spring they had, the team could lean toward keeping the player with options so it won't lose him.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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