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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Reviewing This Year’s Article XX(B) Free Agents In Camp On Minor League Deals

Wonder what happened Chad Gaudin? Xavier Nady? Wonder no more.

Beginning with last year’s class, any Article XX(B) major league free agent who accepts a minor league deal is entitled to three automatic contract clauses: 1) he must be told five days prior to Opening Day—that’s March 26 this year—whether or not he will make the 25-man active roster, 2) if he does not ask for his release and consents to open the season in Triple-A, then he will receive a $100,000 “retention bonus,” and 3) if he’s still in Triple-A on June 1, then he can opt out of his minor league contract so that he can sign with another organization.

Article XX(B) free agents may sign within 10 days of Opening Day—March 21 this year—and still receive guaranteed opt-out dates and retention bonuses in their minor league contracts

According to a press release issued by the MLB Players Association, 161 players qualified as Article XX(B) free agents following the 2012 season. To date, 93 of them have signed major league contracts (Kyle Lohse ought to bring that total to 94 any day now), 26 remain unsigned (including decorated vets like Scott Rolen, Jim Thome and Roy Oswalt), eight either retired or indicated as much (including Omar Vizquel, Kevin Millwood and Nick Johnson) and three will play in Japan in 2013 (Andruw Jones, Jose Lopez and Vicente Padilla).


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 20, 2013 at 03:01 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: daisuke matsuzaka, jason giambi, minor league free agents

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   1. puck Posted: February 20, 2013 at 11:41 PM (#4373164)
Are there other criteria for XX(B) status besides service time? The previous year's article says:

An Article XX(B) free agent is simply one with six or more years of major league service whose big league contract expired at the conclusion of last season.

I assume service time is why Chris Volstad doesn't qualify. But what about Yorvit Torrealba? He's not listed under the Rockies but he signed a minor league deal.
   2. Mike Fast Posted: February 21, 2013 at 09:33 AM (#4373255)
Torrealba is an Article XIX(A)(2) free agent, i.e., he refused an outright assignment to Triple-A.
   3. zonk Posted: February 21, 2013 at 09:50 AM (#4373268)
For some super-odd reason, I am obsessed with these sorts of flotsam lists... 6 year minor league FAs, fringers in the rule 5, this... Maybe it's just a function of using the 5 waiver claims traded for a marginal prospect in OOTP...

But I have to say -- no one on list holds the slightest bit of interest for me.... OK - maybe Matt Capps...
   4. JJ1986 Posted: February 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM (#4373281)
I think Juan Carlos Oviedo and Pedro Feliciano are both somewhat interesting stories. Oviedo probably won't pitch this year, but Feliciano just spent two years on the shelf and if he makes it back will be one of those guys who spent years with a major league team that he never appeared for.

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