Article XX-B MLB Free-Agency

Per Article XX-B of the CBA, any player on an MLB Reserve List who has accrued at least six years of MLB Service Time and who is not signed for the following season becomes a free-agent at 9 AM (Eastern) on the first day after the final game of the World Series.

For an international player who has accrued service time with a foreign "major league" club or clubs prior to signing a "first contract" with an MLB club, any service time accrued while on the active roster of a foreign club(s) may be considered when determining Article XX-B and Article XIX-A contractural rights & eligibility.

The player's former club retains exclusive negotiating rights with an Article XX-B player up until midnight (Eastern) on the 5th day after the conclusion of the World Series, after-which the player is free to sign a Major League contract (or minor league contract) with any club, including with the player's former club.

CUBS ARTICLE XX-B MLB FREE-AGENTS POST-2016
 (last updated 5-17-2016):
Trevor Cahill, RHP
Dexter Fowler, OF (mutual option for 2017 with club buy-out)
Jason Hammel (auto-vesting for 2017 with 200 IP, otherwise club option with buy-out)
Munenori Kawasaki, INF (vested NPB player with Article XX-B rights)
Joe Nathan, RHP (club option for 2017)
Clayton Richard, LHP 
David Ross, C
Travis Wood, LHP

An Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signs a Major League contract after 11:59 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day after the final game of the World Series receives automatic "no trade" rights that extend through June 15th of the following season, even if the player re-signs with his former club. An Article XX-B MLB Free-Agent who receives "no trade" rights this way can waive the right, but if he does, his club can trade the player only for player contracts and/or cash with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000. Note that a player who signs a Major League contract after becoming a free-agent by any other means (Outright Release, Non-Tendered, or Article XX-D or MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent) does NOT receive automatic "no trade" rights through June 15th.

If an Article XX-B MLB free-agent signs a minor league contract at least ten days prior to MLB Opening Day, and then is either not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or MLB Disabled List by 3 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day, the player automatically receives a $100,000 retention bonus, and the player can unilaterally opt-out of the minor league contract on June 1st if he has not been added to an MLB Active List (25-man roster) or an MLB Disabled List by that date.

CUBS ARTICLE XX-B MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS SPRING TRAINING 2016
: (last updated 3-29-2016 )
NONE (all three were released)

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  • not that I'm agreeing with E-Man in anyway here, but Warren's FIP and peripherals are not really good (5.20 FIP/5.19 BB/9/.128 BABIP), although his actual results are a lot better. Well until today...

    Trade was also to make room for Zobrist and it'll be a few years before we can really judge it.

    Rob G. 1 min 26 sec ago view
  • Eventually, the Maddon "play everyone everywhere" thing was going to create a problem.

    billybucks 8 min 20 sec ago view
  • This ump blows.

    Ryno 18 min 53 sec ago view
  • So much for pace-of-game.

    Ryno 19 min 5 sec ago view
  • Adam Warren who is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, and Castro who is hitting 269/303/415?

    Rob Richardson 21 min 29 sec ago view
  • That Molina with the arm out thing was ridiculous and blatant. Wonder if he can get fined for that

    johann 25 min 9 sec ago view
  • Looks like the Cubs got short end of the Castro Warren deal so far. He is atrocious. Even in games with huge leads he sucks ass.

    Wonder what they saw in him? Maybe he is a better starter? Ugh!

    The E-Man 27 min 56 sec ago view
  • Bucknor tried to turn a 4-pitch walk to LaStella into an interesting AB, but LaStella prevailed.

    Rob G. 28 min 20 sec ago view
  • ~shrug~ he's CB Bucknor, he's usually awful.

    But today he called 2 pitches balls that really looked like strikes, one looked particularly obvious. Even Arrieta jawed at him and that's rare for Arrieta. He also didn't bother to ask anyone or notice Molina clearly reaching his arm out to get hit intentionally.

    Rob G. 36 min 39 sec ago view
  • Lastella not having much of one either (diving stop notwithstanding but should have been unnecessary if he made earlier play).

    Rob G. 38 min 54 sec ago view
  • What's wrong with his strike zone? Just inconsistent?

    Rob Richardson 47 min 11 sec ago view
  • CB Bucknor not having a good day....

    also this...

    Jesse Rogers [email protected]  Yeah, there was plenty of chatter before the game about home plate ump today. Knew he would be a factor.

    #conspiracytheory

    Rob G. 58 min 56 sec ago view
  • Jake Arrieta gives up first inning run

    For the first time in a year, 33 starts.

    /nervous
    //not really

    jacos 2 hours 44 min ago view
  • Old news, sorry if it's 3/44-

    J-Hey being classy by repaying an old teammate:
    http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/chicago-cubs-ja...

    Ryno 3 hours 22 min ago view
  • Sigh.

    Ok... maybe.

    Ryno 3 hours 48 min ago view
  • With Paredes moving to 3B, how do you see playing time shaking out between him and Galindo? Do you think Galindo gets starts at 1B? Galindo is more of a prospect than Paniagua, right?

    bradsbeard 3 hours 50 min ago view