Red Sox Minor League Free Agent Eligibility

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The following players will be eligible for minor league free agency in November of the
stated year unless they are added to the 40-man roster or re-signed prior to that time
         

November 2019

 

November 2020

 

November 2021

Victor Acosta
Cody Asche
Trey Ball
Jeremy Bleich
Bryce Brentz
Juan Centeno
Keith Curcio
Brian Ellington
Daniel Gonzalez
Gorkys Hernandez
Oscar Hernandez
Dedgar Jimenez
Deiner Lopez
Isaias Lucena
Austin Maddox
Algenis Martinez
Daniel McGrath
Jenrry Mejia
Mike Miller
Joseph Monge
Mark Montgomery
Jhon Nunez
Zach Putnam
Erasmo Ramirez
Tony Renda
Dsn Runzler
Carson Smith
Teddy Stankiewicz
Domingo Tapia
Dylan Thompson
Jordan Weems
Jantzen Witte

 

Yoan Aybar
Roldani Baldwin
Rusney Castillo
Jake Cosart
Enmanuel De Jesus
Jhonathan Diaz
Devon Fisher
Trenton Kemp
Samuel Miranda
Josh Ockimey
Hildemaro Requena
Kevin Steen
Cole Sturgeon
Luke Tendler
Marcus Wilson

 

Eduard Bazardo
Marino Campana
Chad De La Guerra
Jerry Downs
Willis Figueroa
Trevor Kelley
Matt Kent
Adam Lau
Tate Matheny
Angel Padron
Yorvin Pantoja
Keibert Petit
Roniel Raudes
Austin Rei
Jeremy Rivera
Jake Romanski
Jagger Rusconi
Josh Tobias
Reinaldo Ugueto
Kyri Washington

   

November 2022

 

November 2023

 

November 2024

Juan Carlos Abreu
Fabian Andrade
Gary Calvo
Pedro Castellanos
Jesus Chacon
CJ Chatham
Ricardo Cubillan
Bobby Dalbec
Matthew Gorst
Jay Groome
Kyle Hart
Nick Lovullo
Everlouis Lozada
Alan Marrero
Joan Martinez
Bryan Mata
Oddanier Mosqueda
Geraldo Perez
Kleiber Rodriguez
Nick Sciortino
Mike Shawaryn
Hunter Smith
Kervin Suarez

 

Jecorrah Arnold
Garrett Benge
Cole Brannen
Andre Colon
Kutter Crawford
Jonathan Diaz
Taylor Dearden
Tyler Esplin
Rio Gomez
Hunter Haworth
Tanner Houck
Jose Larez
Xavier LeGrant
Dominic LoBrutto
Francisco Lopez-Soto
Charlie Madden
Johan Martinez
Alexander Montero
Brendan Nail
Brett Netzer
Tanner Nishioka
Michael Osinski
Aaron Perry
Isaac Pinales
Antonio Police
Yasel Santana
Zach Schellinger
Alex Scherff
Alberto Schmidt
Jake Thompson
Jordan Wren

 

Nelfy Abreu
Armando Acosta
Christopher Acosta
Robbie Baker
Korby Batesole
Brayan Bello
Connor Berry
Kevin Biondic
Royman Blanco
Brian Brown
Triston Casas
Felix Cepeda
Kole Cottam
Alejandro Crisostomo
Gregori Custodio
Denny Daza
Nick Decker
Osvaldo De La Rosa
Alex Demchack
Danny Diaz
Jarren Duran
Durbin Feltman
Ryan Fernanez
Ryan Fitzgerald
Antoni Flores
Erick Flores
Andres Gari
Felix Gomez
Gamaliel Gonzalez
Devlin Granberg
Yoelvis Guedez
Dylan Hardy
Yulis Hernandez
Brandon Howlett
Villarroel Irvin
Kris Jackson
Eddie Jimenez
Leonel Jimenez
Gilberto Jimenez
Richardson Jimenez
Alvaro Leal
Breiner Licona
Yordin Lozano
Bryan Lucas
Chris Machamer
Angel Maita
Jesus Maita
Elih Marrero
Carlos Martinez
Lane Milligan
Robinson Montero
Luis Mota
Nixon Munoz
Jose Navas
Nick Northcut
Jonathan Ortega
Emerson Ortiz
Isaias Ozoria
Yusniel Padron-Artiles
Robinson Parra
Bramdon Perez
Gabriel Perez
Beiker Pineda
Andrew Politi
Justin Qiangba
Ceddanne Rafaela
Aldo Ramirez
Jose Ramirez
Caleb Ramsey
Oscar Rangel
Gregorio Reyes
Brandon Rincones
Jorge Rodriguez
Juan Rojas
Jesus Rosillo
Carlos Sanchez
Kelvin Sanchez
Gregori Segovia
ChaseShugart
Angel Sosa
Miguel Suero
Cristofe Tineo
Wilker Vargas
Carlos Velez
Thaddeus Ward
Grant Williams

         

November 2025

 

November 2026

 

November 2027

Alixandri Alvarez
Frank Astacio
Moises Barajas
Angel Bastardo
Darel Belen
Brainer Bonaci
Jack Bowins
Moises Castellanos
Imanol Contreras
Efren Diaz
Juan D. Encarnacion
Albert Feliz
Bryan Gonzalez
Wikelman Gonzalez
Faysel Gregorio
Adrian Hernandez
Gabriel Jackson
Axel James
Eduardo Lopez
Naysbel Marcano
Jesus Marrero
Yorberto Mejicano
Henry Morales
Claudio Ochoa
Andres Ortuno
Eddinson Paulino
Andy Pena
Railin Perez
Wilmer Perez
Elio Prado
Carlos Reyes
Nilo Rijo
Miguel Rojas
Noelberth Romero
Frailyn Sanchez
Giancarlos Santana
Angeudis Santos
Reidis Sena
Luis Talavera
Eduardo Vaughan
Alex Zapete

 



 



         
Minor League Free Agency Explained

Governing Rules. Minor League Free Agency is governed by Article XX of the CBA, Rule 55 of the Major League Rules,  and Addendum A to the Minor League Uniform Player Contract. 

Minor League Contract Length.  Amateur players (whether drafted, undrafted, or international) signing their first professional contracts generally sign minor league contracts that allow the signing organization to have seven (7) seasons of control of that player, after which point that player can become a minor league free agent (“MLFA”).  For example, Keith Couch signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in 2010.  He played seven seasons with the organization (2010-2016) and became a minor league free agent following the 2016 season.

Commencement of Minor League Contracts. The contracts of drafted players and undrafted free agents must commence in the season in which they were drafted or signed.  For example, the first year of Mookie Betts' minor league contract was 2011, even though he signed on August 15 that year, with only a couple weeks left in the minor league season. The rules did not permit the club to sign him to a contract commencing in 2012.  For international players, minor league contracts may commence the following season if the player signs on or after July 2 (often referred to as a "Future Contract").  For example, the first year of Rafael Devers' minor league contract was 2014, because he signed a Future Contract on July 2, 2013.

Major League Contracts. A minor league contract is replaced with a major league contract if and when a player is added to the 40-man roster.  Major league contracts are governed by different rules and timelines. So while a club technically has seven years of control prior to minor league free agency, the club will often need to add highly-regarded prospects to the 40-man roster prior to the end of that period, because that players' performance has merited it, either to join the active roster of the major league club or for protection from selection in the Rule 5 Draft.

Timing of Free Agency. On or before August 1 of each season, the Commissioner's Office is required to circulate a list of players who are eligible to become MLFAs in the upcoming off-season.  An eligible player may sign a "successor contract" with his current team prior to October 15, and therefore would not become a MLFA.  On the fifth day after the end of the World Series, remaining eligible players officially become MLFAs and may sign with other clubs.

Exceptions. There are some exceptions to the seven year minor leagye free agency period:

Article XX(D) Free Agents. Any player: (1) with 3+ years of major league service time and whose contract is assigned outright to a minor league club; or (2) whose contract is assigned outright to a minor league club for the second time or any subsequent time in his career may elect, in lieu of accepting such assignment, to become a MLFA. For example, the Red Sox attempted to outright Anthony Varvaro to Pawtucket in November 2015.  He had 3 years and 121 days of major league service time at that point.  Varvaro elected to refuse the outright assignment and become a free agent.

Restricted List.  If a player is placed on the Restricted List (suspended) at any point in a given season, that entire season will not count for service towards minor league free agency, and therefore the player's eligibility will be extended for another year.  Players have the right to appeal this. For example, Tyler Spoon was suspended for a portion of the 2017 season. While his original contract called for him to be eligible for minor league free agency after the 2021 season, this rule pushes elgibility back to the 2022 season.

Second Pro Contract.  Sometimes minor league players are signed to minor league contracts by a new organization after being released by their original organization prior to when their original contract would have expired had they not been released. In those circumstances, the player usually signs a one-year minor league deal with the new club.  However, on occasion the player signs a multi-year deal.  For example, Dustin Lawley signed his original 7-year minor league contract with the Mets in 2011.  The Mets released him prior to the 2015 season, with what would have been 3 years left of team control. The Red Sox then signed Lawley later in 2015.  At that point, the Red Sox could have signed him to a one-year deal, or they could have signed a multi-year deal through the 2017 season (or some other time period).  

 
 
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