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 6-27-2016):
Trevor Cahill, RHP
Chris Coghlan, OF
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)
Joel Peralta, RHP
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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  • Reds pitching meeting tomorrow:

    "Hey coach...maybe we should walk Bryant?"
    "No...keep challenging him with fastballs! What kind of man are you?! The Cubs walked Harper, and look what happened there! They got teased for it, by one of the Nat players! Is that what you want?"

    billybucks 9 hours 20 min ago view
  • How can I get that feature? I think it woudl be a win-win for all involved.

    billybucks 9 hours 24 min ago view
  • Ian Happ is hitting.733 after 5 games at Tennessee. He went into tonight's game hitting .667 -- and went 3-for-3 to raise his average.

    2-for-3, including a bomb, for LaStella at Iowa. Pierce Johnson very bad -- 2IP, 5ER. Pitching prospects not looking so hot -- Underwood has been awful.

    Did Jiminez get hurt? I noticed he came out early yesterday.

    billybucks 10 hours 12 min ago view
  • Contreras keeps hitting/walking like this, and Miggy keep up the poor D and lack of offense - the kid could be the #1 catcher very soon.

    billybucks 10 hours 18 min ago view
  • it doesn't hurt that the Cardinals lose the KC and the Pirates lost too.

    Cubster 10 hours 18 min ago view
  • ...still trying to process what I just saw. From both KB and Jake. Walking Billy Hamilton twice is a cry for help. I think the nudie photos are messing with Jake's head.

    billybucks 10 hours 21 min ago view
  • Hopefully Peralta's time on the Cubs roster will be shorter than R. Soriano's.

    Cubster 10 hours 37 min ago view
  • it took 9 pitches for peralta to give up his 1st cubs homer. neat.

    crunch 10 hours 41 min ago view
  • damn...totally missed that ruben quevedo died on june 7th. he was only 37...heart attack.

    he threw some really horrible games for the cubs in 2000 and followed it up by doing the same for 3 season for the brewers.

    crunch 10 hours 49 min ago view
  • Holy Kris Bryant what?!

    Ryno 10 hours 50 min ago view
  • Hitting 3 HR, 2 doubles in a game. Never been done in mlb history per Len/Bob.

    Cubster 11 hours 2 min ago view
  • walks? this is baseball, not a nature hike. he needs to get his head in the game.

    in my opinion, he would have been better off hitting 2 homers rather than walking twice. /moneyballs

    crunch 11 hours 5 min ago view
  • Rizzo: 2-3, homer, double, 2 walks - meh

    Eric S 11 hours 8 min ago view
  • in other news, the site seems to be eating about 50% of my comments...which is probably a good thing in hindsight.

    Rob G. 11 hours 9 min ago view
  • The Tucker Barnhart reactions after each Kris Bryant HR are kind of priceless.

    Rob G. 11 hours 13 min ago view
  • ...but, he's also good at home runs, too.

    also, rizzo.

    crunch 11 hours 17 min ago view