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How do minor league free agent contracts work?

How do minor league free agent contracts work?

PostPost #1 by Matt P » August 15th, 2012, 7:38 pm

Stu Pomeranz, Miguel Gonzalez, and Steve Johnson signed 1 year minor league free agent contracts with the Orioles before the season started. Will they be free agents at the end of the season? Or, since they are on the 40 man roster, do they stay with the Orioles?
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Re: How do minor league free agent contracts work?

PostPost #2 by Jordan Tuwiner » August 15th, 2012, 7:40 pm

Matt P wrote:Stu Pomeranz, Miguel Gonzalez, and Steve Johnson signed 1 year minor league free agent contracts with the Orioles before the season started. Will they be free agents at the end of the season? Or, since they are on the 40 man roster, do they stay with the Orioles?

Now that they are on the 40-man their 6 years of service time begin, and they will go through arb, and everything like that just as if they were drafted by the team. I am 99% certain that's how it works.
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Re: How do minor league free agent contracts work?

PostPost #3 by orioles » August 15th, 2012, 7:48 pm

Is it the same when you are drafted? A player taken in this years's June draft for instance. Once he signs, is he signing for 6 years so the club has him until 2018? Or is it 6 years once he's on the 40-man roster?
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PostPost #4 by Jordan Tuwiner » August 15th, 2012, 7:55 pm

orioles wrote:Is it the same when you are drafted? A player taken in this years's June draft for instance. Once he signs, is he signing for 6 years so the club has him until 2018? Or is it 6 years once he's on the 40-man roster?

6 years once he's on the 40-man roster.

Read more about Rule-5 and MiLB FAs here: http://wiki.soxprospects.com/Rule+5
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PostPost #5 by Matt P » August 15th, 2012, 8:02 pm

Jordan Tuwiner wrote:Now that they are on the 40-man their 6 years of service time begin, and they will go through arb, and everything like that just as if they were drafted by the team. I am 99% certain that's how it works.


Thank you.
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Re: How do minor league free agent contracts work?

PostPost #6 by dan72 » August 16th, 2012, 4:28 pm

Bundy's situation was unique. He was on the 40 man from the time he signed. Most prospects are not. So his time started from the time he signed.
Please correct me if I'm wrong on that.
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PostPost #7 by ofahn » August 16th, 2012, 4:41 pm

dan72 wrote:Bundy's situation was unique. He was on the 40 man from the time he signed. Most prospects are not. So his time started from the time he signed.
Please correct me if I'm wrong on that.


As far as options go, yes.
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PostPost #8 by Jordan Tuwiner » August 16th, 2012, 10:52 pm

dan72 wrote:Bundy's situation was unique. He was on the 40 man from the time he signed. Most prospects are not. So his time started from the time he signed.
Please correct me if I'm wrong on that.

His 6 years of service time have not started.
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