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
Bryce Brentz
Edgar Corcino
Keith Curcio
Joey Curletta
Anyelo Gomez
Daniel Gonzalez
Gorkys Hernandez
Oscar Hernandez
Dedgar Jimenez
Tommy Joseph
Kevin Lenik
Robinson Leyer
Deiner Lopez
Isaias Lucena
Austin Maddox
Daniel McGrath
Jenrry Mejia
Joseph Monge
Jhon Nunez
Zach Putnam
Erasmo Ramirez
Tony Renda
Josh A. Smith
Teddy Stankiewicz
Domingo Tapia
Dylan Thompson
Konner Wade
Jordan Weems
Tom Windle
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
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

   

November 2022

 

November 2023

 

November 2024

Fabian Andrade
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
Kervin Suarez

 

Jecorrah Arnold
Garrett Benge
Cole Brannen
Gary Calco
Andre Colon
Kutter Crawford
Jonathan Diaz
Taylor Dearden
Tyler Esplin
Rio Gomez
Hunter Haworth
Tanner Houck
Jose Larez
Dominic LoBrutto
Charlie Madden
Johan Martinez
Alexander Montero
Brendan Nail
Brett Netzer
Tanner Nishioka
Michael Osinski
Aaron Perry
Isaac Pinales
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
Triston Casas
Felix Cepeda
Kole Cottam
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
Devlin Granberg
Yoelvis Guedez
Dylan Hardy
Brandon Howlett
Villarroel Irvin
Kris Jackson
Eddie Jimenez
Gilberto Jimenez
Richardson Jimenez
Breiner Licona
Bryan Lucas
Chris Machamer
Angel Maita
Jesus Maita
Elih Marrero
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
Beiker Pineda
Antonio Police
AJ 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
Daniel Bakst
Luke Bandy
Moises Barajas
Angel Bastardo
Darel Belen
Brock Bell
Bradley Blalock
Brainer Bonaci
Jack Bowins
Cameron Cannon
Moises Castellanos
Brendan Cellucci
Imanol Contreras
Dom D'Alessandro
Wil Dalton
Joe Davis
Efren Diaz
Mason Duke
Juan D. Encarnacion
Alex Erro
Albert Feliz
Feleipe Franks
Bryan Gonzalez
Wikelman Gonzalez
Jaxx Groshans
Faysel Gregorio
Reed Harrington
Jacob Herbert
Adrian Hernandez
Gabriel Jackson
Axel James
Eduardo Lopez
Blake Loubier
Matthew Lugo
Naysbel Marcano
Jesus Marrero
Yorberto Mejicano
Dean Miller
Henry Morales
Chris Murphy
Claudio Ochoa
Andres Ortuno
Eddinson Paulino
Leon Paulino
Andy Pena
Railin Perez
Wilmer Perez
Carlos Reyes
Nilo Rijo
Devon Roedahl
Miguel Rojas
Frailyn Sanchez
Giancarlos Santana
Angeudis Santos
Zach Schneider
Stephen Scott
Cody Scroggins
Reidis Sena
Karson Simas
Noah Song
Dylan Spacke
Casey Sutherland
Luis Talavera
Michael Valera
Eduardo Vaughan
Brandon Walter
Alex Zapete
Ryan Zeferjahn

 

Jackson Camejo
Allan Castro
Juan Chacon
Nathanael Cruz
Renny Flores
Jhon Garcia
Jhostynxon Garcia
Sebstian Guerra
Lyonell James
Irving Medina
Jose Mendez
Luis Perales
Ronald Rosario
Diego Saavedra
Kawan Silva
Diego Viloria





 



         
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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