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GREEN are currently Free Agents and players in BLUE
are eligible to file for Free Agency during the 15 days following the conclusion of the World Series)
(Players in Green w/ (option
declined) tags are eligible to file for Free Agency also after the WS concludes)
(Players in Green w/ (Team/Player/Mutual
Option) tags filed for free agency conditionally, just in case their option was declined)
(Players in BOLD= marquee FA's)
(When a player files for free agency, he grants himself the
rights of a free agent and is also removed from a team's 25 and/or 40-man roster)
Players currently Designated for Assignment:
(Their team has 10 days from designation, removed from 40-man
roster, to trade, release, or outright player to minors, if player accepts- if released team still has to pay contract)
Sandy Alomar Jr. (option declined)
Ron Coomer (Retired)
Eric Karros (Retired)
Ellis Burks (expected to retire)
Todd Zeile (Retired)
Mark McLemore (expected to Retire)
Alex S. Gonzalez
Kendry Morales (Agent David Valdes)
Rickey Henderson(Agent Jeff Borris)
John Vander Wal (Retired)
Richard Hidalgo (Option declined)
Roger Clemens(may retire)
Chris Carpenter(Team Option)
Al Leiter (Mutual Option)
Valerio de Los Santos
Trey Hodges (Japan)
Jim Mecir (may retire)
Todd Van Poppel
Rocky Biddle (Rehab)
Free Agency Rules:
Must have 6 full years of Major League service time to be eligble for free agency
(both Disabled-List and Active Roster time count for serivce) (1 year of service is equal to 162 games)
The players contract must also expire for him to be eligible for Free Agency
Players can not sign with other teams then their own until after the 15-Day Period following
the conclusion of the World Series. During the 15 days they can negotiate with their previous team and if an agreement
is not reached, that player can file for Free Agency.
Sometime between Dec. 18 and Dec. 22 players who are not arbitration eligible, cannot re-sign
with their old teams until May 15 of the next year.
Players who are offered arbitartion can re-sign till Januray 8th. On this day they
must declare whether they accept or reject arbitration. If he accepts arbitartion he has re-signed with his old
team can still can sign a deal with that team before his arbitartion hearing. If he goes into arb., the single year contract
value is decided by an MLB arbitartor
An un-signed player who has at least 3 years of service time is also eligble for arbitartion.
The top 1 third of players as determined by their statistics are also be eligble for arbitration. Players are arb.-eligible
again in there 4th and 5th years of service, if he does not have a multi-year contract and meets requirmentss. A player with
2 years of service time, if an arbitrator deems the player a Super-Two. This usually happens if a player has been a
starter for his first two seasons and his stats resembles those of the top players at that position.
A minor league player who has spent the previous six years with the same organization is also eligbile
for minor league free agency. A player that has six years of minor league service, with various teams, is also deemed a six-year
Minor League FA.
At the end of each year each free agent is dubbed a Type A or Type B or Type C depending on their
stats with Type A free agents being at the top third of the stats that MLB uses. A team that loses a Type A free agent is
compensated with the 1st round pick of the team that signs him. This team also gets a supplemental or sandwich pick between
rounds 1 and 2. A team losing a Type B free agent is simply compensated with the highest player that is signed. For instance
if Team A signs X and O but only O who was picked in the 2nd round was signed. Team B would only get Player O not X.
But in both cases a team selecting in the 1st half of the 1st round cannot lose its 1st round pick. Teams that lose Type C
free agents are compensated with a sandwich pick between rounds 2 and 3.
Player Rankings (Type A, B, C, none) for all MLB players,
including FAs to determine what type of compensation a team receives as described above
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