ARTICLE XX-B MINOR LEAGUE PLAYER:
Jonathan Sanchez, LHP
ARTICLE XX-D MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
MLB RULE 55 MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENT:
SIX-YEAR FREE-AGENT: Jeffry Antigua, LHP John Baker, C Marcelo Carreno, RHP Lendy Castillo, RHP Hunter Cervenka, LHP (see NOTE) Casey Coleman, RHP Aaron Cunningham, OF Charlie Cutler, C Paolo Espino, RHP Eduardo Figueroa, RHP Luis Flores, C Edgar Gonzalez, INF Carlos Gutierrez, RHP Marcus Hatley, RHP Tommy Hottovy, LHP Walter Ibarra, INF Ryan Kalish, OF Darnell McDonald, OF Jonathon Mota, INF Thomas Neal, OF Starling Peralta, RHP Carlos Pimentel, RHP Dae-Eun Rhee, RHP Ryan Roberts, INF Jose Rosario, RHP Brian Schlitter, RHP Ryan Searle, RHP Jeudy Valdez, INF Chris Valaika, INF Casper Wells, OF Eli Whiteside, C NOTE: Hunter Cervenka will be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA post-2014 if he signed a 2008 contract when he signed his "first contract" with the Boston Red Sox on 8-15-2008. However, if he was “Signed for Future Service“ (first contract was a 2009 contract), he will not be eligible to be a Rule 55 minor league 6YFA until post-2015.
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE FA: Michael de la Cruz, RHP Carlos Figueroa, INF Humberto Garcia, INF Alan Oaks, RHP Yomar Pacheco, RHP Brohiglyn Rivero, RHP Orbandy Rodriguez, RHP Roberto Vahlis, C
1. 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.
2. A minor league player eligible to be an ARTICLE XX-D FREE-AGENT who accepts an Outright Assignment and defers free-agency until the end of the season is not eligible to be a free-agent if the player is added back to an MLB 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season. If the player is not added back to a 40-man roster by the end of the MLB regular season, the player can file for free-agency beginning on the day after the conclusion of the MLB regular season up through October 15th.
2. A minor league player eligible to be an MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT is not eligible to be a FA if the player is added to his club’s 40-man roster by 5 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day following the conclusion of the World Series.
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As an Article XX-B free-agent who signed a major league contract, Jose Veras has an automatic "no trade" restriction through June 15th. He can waive the "no trade," but if he does he can only be traded for cash and/or player contracts with a maximum aggregate value of $50,000.
Jonathan Sanchez is an Article XX-B player (he has accrued at least six years of MLB Service Time) signed to a minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus if he isn't released by 12 noon on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to the Cubs MLB 40-man roster by 3 PM on MLB Opening Day, and he gets an automatic June 1st opt-out if he qualifies for the retention bonus (doesn't get released and isn't added to the 40-man roster).
"According to Sports Hochi in Japan, the Rakuten Golden Eagles are prepared to offer Masahiro Tanaka an $8 million salary to stay with the team next season.
It would be the largest single-season salary ever for a Nippon Professional Baseball player, per Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker"
it's been kicked around by some that now that the posting fee has been lowered to a $20m limit, tanaka could be looking at a $100m contract...either way it seems like he'll more than lap $8m a year if posted, maybe even up to $15m a year right out of the gate.