First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft) Negotiation List

Players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft) are placed on a club's Negotiation List.

In most cases, a player selected by a club in the Rule 4 Draft will remain on the club's Negotiation List until either the player signs or until 5:00 PM (EDT) on the Friday that falls during the week July 12-18 (whichever comes first), and if a club does not sign a Rule 4 Draft pick by the deadline, the player is removed from the club's Negotiation List and becomes eligible for selection again in the next Rule 4 Draft in which the player would be eligible for selection. The exception to this rule is any college senior with no baseball eligibility left. This class of player remains on the club's Negotiation List until the player signs or until one week prior to the next Rule 4 Draft (whichever comes first).

Also, any player eligible for selection in the Rule 4 Draft who is not drafted ("Non-Drafted Free-Agent" or "NDFA") can sign with any club after the conclusion of the draft any time up until one week prior to the next Rule 4 Draft, unless and until the NDFA enrolls in a junior college or four-year college, in which case MLB Rule 4 Draft eligibility rules apply.

A player selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft or a Rule 4 eligible NDFA cannot be signed to a Major League contract.

A player selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft or a Rule 4 eligible NDFA can be "Signed for Future Service" (contract is for the following season) if the player signs a contract after July 1st.

A club is not permitted to select a player in the Rule 4 Draft two years in a row, unless the player gives his approval in advance.

CUBS 2016 RULE 4 DRAFT NEGOTIATION LIST (updated 7-1-2016):

Thomas Hatch, RHP (Oklahoma State) - COLLEGE JR (REDSHIRT SOPH)
Tyson Miller, RHP (California Baptist) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED)
Bailey Clark, RHP (Duke) - COLLEGE JR
Chad Hockin, RHP (Cal State - Fullerton) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED)
Michael Cruz, C (Bethune-Cookman) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED)
Stephen Ridings, RHP (Haverford) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED)
Duncan Robinson, RHP (Dartmouth) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Dakota Mekkes, RHP (Michigan State) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED)
Michael Rucker, RHP (BYU) - COLLEGE SR 
Trey Cobb, RHP (Oklahoma State) - COLLEGE JR 
Wyatt Short, LHP (Mississippi) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED)
Parker Dunshee, RHP (Wake Forest) - COLLEGE JR 
Jed Carter, RHP (Auburn U. - Montgomery) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED)
Holden Cammack, RHP (Oral Roberts) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED
Zack Short, SS (Sacred Heart) - COLLEGE JR (SIGNED)
Mark Huberman, LHP (USC) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Matt Swarmer, RHP (Kutztown) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Colton Freeman, RHP (Alabama) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Sam Tidaback, C (North Georgia) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Dante Biasi, LHP (Hazleton Area HS - Hazle Township, PA) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Penn State 
Delvin Zinn, SS (Itawamba JC) - JC FR 
Reynaldo Rivera, 1B-OF:(Chipola JC) - JC FR 
Trent Giambrone, 2B (Delta State) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Austin Jones, RHP (UW-Whitewater) - COLLEGE JR 
Connor Myers, OF (Old Dominion) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Rian Bassett, RHP (Clark CC) - JC SOPH 
Tyler Peyton, RHP (Iowa) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Montana Parsons, RHP (San Jacinto North JC) - JC SOPH 
Brenden Heiss, RHP (Jacobs HS - Algonquin, IL) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Arkansas 
Zach Davis, OF (Texas Tech) - COLLEGE SR (SIGNED)
Nathan Sweeney, RHP (Cherry Creek HS - Greenwood Village, CO) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Arizona  
Davis Daniel, RHP (St. James School - Montgomery, AL) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Auburn 
Ryan Kreidler, 3B (Davis Senior HS - Davis, CA) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: UCLA 
Jake Slaughter,SS (Ouachita Christian HS - Monroe, LA) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: LSU 
Davis Moore, RHP (Los Osos HS - Rancho Cucamonga, CA) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Fresno State 
Tolly Filotei, OF (Faulkner State CC)  - JC SOPH 
A. J. Block, LHP (Newport HS  - Bellevue, WA) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: Washington State 
D. J. Roberts, RHP (Atlantic Coast HS - Jacksonville, FL) - COLLEGE COMMITMENT: South Florida 

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  • Hammel has had a rather challenging last month. I am hoping post-break that Hendrix gets pushed ahead of him. They'll be lucky to win a game in NY

    The E-Man 13 min 10 sec ago view
  • hey, alright...cubs losing by 9 and a 3rd rain delay. awesome.

    crunch 23 min 8 sec ago view
  • If baseball does not work out for Patton, I think he's got a future in Civil War re-enactments. He's got a solid Johnny-Reb look to him.

    Eric S 27 min 8 sec ago view
  • David Ross - the mound awaits you.

    Eric S 34 min 46 sec ago view
  • RIP jason hammel's awesome ERA.

    10 ER in 4ip...almost a full point tacked on tonight, alone. 5HR given up tonight. oogly.

    crunch 37 min 39 sec ago view
  • Nimmo certainly does not want to see the Cubs leave town. His first MLB rbi last night and now his first HR.

    At least Hammel is eating some innings ... this is the kind of game Peralta should be used if at all.

    Eric S 46 min 20 sec ago view
  • OK, the hell with it.

    It's July 1 -- Hammel starting to suck right on schedule.

    Other than sweeping the Reds -- a bad team actively trying to lose -- this will make 8 losses in 9 games to good teams (Cards, Marlins, Mets). Not good at all.

    billybucks 50 min 5 sec ago view
  • Belicheat a consultant for the Red Sox?

    Eric S 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • And, so, Jason Hammel decides to test my new resolution right away. Sheesh.

    No Wright, no Duda, no Granderson -- no problem for NY. Ugh.

    billybucks 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • game restarting...degrom on the mound, hammel taking his AB.

    crunch 1 hour 38 min ago view
  • rain delay...bah.

    crunch 2 hours 43 min ago view
  • Indians extend their streak.

    Darwin Barney gets tagged with the loss.

    Mornington Crescent 2 hours 50 min ago view
  • delayed until 7:20 -EST- (tarp off the field)...

    CLE/TOR in the top 18th in case you're bored. 2nd baseman r.goins pitching for TOR...hit 90mph so far. 1ip 2h 1bb 0k, 0 r/er (bb was ibb). he threw a fastball/change mix. crowd loved it. d.ross is not impressed.

    d.barney strands j.lake at 2nd in the bottom 18 for the cubs the 19th!

    -cubs game has begun-

    crunch 3 hours 5 min ago view
  • BRADSBEARD: Javier Assad was still pitching into the 6th inning, and the first batter he faced reached base on an E-4 (that was Assad's 70th and final pitch of the game). Then Leathersich relieved Assad and retired the second batter 4-3 on the first pitch of the AB (the runner at 1st base advanced to 2nd on the play), and then on an 0-1 pitch the third batter in the inning (second one faced by Leathersich) lined into an inning-ending 6-4 DP (baserunner doubled off 2nd base). When calculating GO/AO, double plays and triple plays count as only one out. 

    Arizona Phil 3 hours 20 min ago view
  • Wow. The site actually loaded without an error! Happy 4th all, and Go Cubs!

    The E-Man 4 hours 16 min ago view
  • OK -- my 4th of July resolution is to try to stay more positive. So -- 10 games to the AS break, meaning the Cubs will be in first place at the break! First time since...2008? Also, hopefully, Willson, KB and Javy learned something about Familia yesterday that they can use in the future.

    billybucks 4 hours 52 min ago view