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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 2021

 

November 2022

 

November 2023

Jose Adames
Roldani Baldwin
Jett Bandy
Seth Blair
Matt Carasiti
Enmanuel De Jesus
Chad De La Guerra
Jose Disla
Jerry Downs
Jose Espada
Raynel Espinal
Michael Gettys
Stephen Gonsalves
Daniel Gossett
Zac Grotz
Matt Hall
Kyle Hart
Chris Herrmann
Zack Kelly
Matt Kent
Adam Lau
Jack Lopez
Tate Matheny
Kevin McCarthy
Joey Meneses
Johan Mieses
Yairo Munoz
Josh Ockimey
Tyler Olson
Yorvin Pantoja
Jhonny Pereda
Bobby Poyner
Cesar Puello
Roniel Raudes
Austin Rei
Denyi Reyes
Jeremy Rivera
Héctor Rondón
Danny Santana
Caleb Simpson
Marcus Walden
Ryan Weber
Brandon Workman

 

Pedro Castellanos
Ricardo Cubillan
Alan Marrero
Joan Martinez
Oddanier Mosqueda
John Schreiber
Josh Winckowski

 

Jecorrah Arnold
Cole Brannen
Kutter Crawford
Tyler Dearden
Jonathan Diaz
Jeter Downs
Tyler Esplin
Rio Gomez
Jose Larez
Dominic LoBrutto
Charlie Madden
Alexander Montero
Brendan Nail
Brett Netzer
Tanner Nishioka
Kaleb Ort
Michael Osinski
Aaron Perry
Tyreque Reed
Yasel Santana
Zach Schellinger
Alex Scherff
Jake Thompson

   

November 2024

 

November 2025

 

November 2026

Adenys Bautista
Brayan Bello
Royman Blanco
Gary Calvo
Triston Casas
Felix Cepeda
Kole Cottam
Osvaldo De La Rosa
Nick Decker
Danny Diaz
Jarren Duran
Durbin Feltman
Ryan Fernandez
Ryan Fitzgerald
Antoni Flores
Frank German
Devlin Granberg
Brandon Howlett
Gilberto Jimenez
Bryan Lucas
Angel Maita
Robinson Montero
Nixon Munoz
Nick Northcut
Yusniel Padron-Artiles
Robinson Parra
Bramdon Perez
Beiker Pineda
AJ Politi
Ceddanne Rafaela
Jose Ramirez
Aldo Ramirez
Oscar Rangel
Jorge Rodriguez
Jesus Rosillo
Gregori Segovia
Miguel Suero
Wilker Vargas
Carlos Velez
Irvin Villarroel
Thaddeus Ward
Grant Williams

 

Alixandri Alvarez
Frank Astacio
Luke Bandy
Moises Barajas
Angel Bastardo
Darel Belen
Brock Bell
Bradley Blalock
Brainer Bonaci
Jack Bowins
Zach Bryant
Cameron Cannon
Moises Castellanos
Brendan Cellucci
Dom D'Alessandro
Wil Dalton
Joe Davis
Efren Diaz
Juan Daniel Encarnacion
Alex Erro
Albert Feliz
Feleipe Franks
Wilkelman Gonzalez
Bryan Gonzalez
Faysel Gregorio
Jaxx Groshans
Jacob Herbert
Adrian Hernandez
Gabriel Jackson
Axel James
Christian Koss
Eduardo Lopez
Blake Loubier
Matthew Lugo
Naysbel Marcano
Elih Marrero
Jesus Marrero
Yorberto Mejicano
Dean Miller
Henry Morales
Chris Murphy
Andres Ortuno
Eddinson Paulino
Leon Paulino
Railin Perez
Antonio Police
Carlos Reyes
Devon Roedahl
Miguel Rojas
Frailyn Sanchez
Giancarlos Santana
Stephen Scott
Cody Scroggins
Reidis Sena
Chase Shugart
Karson Simas
Nick Sogard
Noah Song
Dylan Spacke
Luis Talavera
Michael Valera
Eduardo Vaughan
Jacob Wallace
Brandon Walter
Alex Zapete
Ryan Zeferjahn

 

Stiwar Adames
Merfy Andrew-Marmolejos
Jacinto Arredondo
Albertson Asigen
Rivaldo Avila
Cuba Bess
Jackson Camejo
Maceo Campbell
Allan Castro
Juan Chacon
Casey Cobb
Nathanael Cruz
Victor De Leon
Kelvin Diaz
Eduardo Diaz
Carlos Diaz
Jordan DiValerio
Shane Drohan
Renny Flores
Jose Garcia
Jhon Garcia
Jhostynxon Garcia
Sebastian Guerra
Francis Hernandez
Alexis Hernandez
Graham Hoffman
Lyonell James
Blaze Jordan
Robert Kwiatkowski
Chih-Jung Liu
Jake MacKenzie
Irving Medina
Jose Mendez
Cole Milam
Yordanny Monegro
Juan Montero
Henry Nunez
Simon Pacheco
Luis Perales
Barbaro Pinero
Claudio Richetti
Diego Rodriguez
Ronald Rosario
Cesar Ruiz
Diego Saavedrda
Johnfrank Salazar
Starlin Santos
Kawan Silva
Cesar Soto
Joey Stock
Nate Tellier
Miguel Ugueto
Brian Van Belle
Diego Viloria
Jeremy Wu-Yelland
Nick Yorke

         

November 2027

 

November 2028

 

November 2029

Karim Ayubi
Miguel Bleis
Yizreel Burnet
Marco Cardoso
Josue Castillo
Elvys Castro
Jogly Garcia
Kevin Garcia
Ahbram Liendo
Enderso Lira
Angel Lopez
Jesus Lopez
Alvaro Mejias
Helison Mota
Jedixson Paez
Luis Ravelo
Yevganni Reinita
Jean Carlos Reyes
Armando Sierra

 



 



         
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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