Players actually get three option years. That is, three years in which they are on the 40 man roster, but not on the 25 man roster for some or all of the season.
If a player has fewer than five years of professionalexperience, he can be sent to the minors in a fourth season without being subject to waivers.
Once the player is out option years, if he gets "optioned" to the minors, he must clear irrevocable waivers. When a player is put on irrevocable waivers, any team can claim him. If no team claims him, the player is assigned to the minor leagues. However, if the player has five years or more of major league service, he can refuse the option to the minors and become a free agent.
I do not believe Lake Charles, Louisiana, has a minor league professional team. New Orleans has a professional team, the Zephers, that play in the Pacific Coast League, and Shreveport has had professional baseball, but may not have a team in 2010. Alexandria also has had professional baseball teams in the past, but in 2010, the Alexandria team, the Aces, will field a team in the Texas Collegiate League. By the way, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the largest city in the USA without any professional baseball team, majors or minor leagues.
Every state in the US has either a professional, semi, independent, minor league, college, high school and little league baseball teams.
The average professional Major League baseball player salary is $3,440,000 as of 2012.
Rockford PeachersThe movie "A League of their own" was about the Rockford Peaches, a team that played in the AAGPL. (All American Girls Professional Baseball League)
New Mexico has no major league professional sports teams. However the Albuquerque Isotopes is a minor league baseball team in the Class-AAA Pacific Coast League since 2003.
Dominican Professional Baseball League was created in 1951.
Chinese Professional Baseball League was created in 1989.
Colombian Professional Baseball League was created in 1948.
Venezuelan Professional Baseball League was created in 1945.
Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League was created in 1956.
Atlantic League of Professional Baseball was created in 1998.
Girls Professional Baseball League was created in 2010.
A baseball player's salary will not change from the Majors to the Minors if he has a Major League contract. There are minor league contracts for those players.
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League ended in 1954.
All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was created in 1943.
There are no MLB major league professional baseball teams in Wyoming. There is a minor league baseball team called the Casper Rockies, a Pioneer League team.
The Mercuries Tigers professional baseball team belonging to Taiwan's Chinese Professional Baseball League CPBL ended in 1999.