Potential Consequences of the 2020 Minor League Season Being Canceled

If the 2020 minor league season is not considered to be a "qualified season" because the season was canceled prior to starting, there could be some far-reaching consequences for a number of minor league players that might potentially result in a mass grievance or maybe even a class action lawsuit... 

Just as it pertains to the Cubs, if the 2020 minor league season is not considered to be a "qualified season" the eight Cubs minor leaguers who were eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league six-year free-agents for the first time post-2020 (Eric Gonzalez, Ivan Medina, Jordan Minch, Erling Moreno, Eugenio Palma, Jerrick Suiter, Jerry Vasto, and Mark Zagunis) will - NOT - be eligible to be 6YFA until post-2021 and will instead remain under club control for another season and be eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft (if not added to the MLB Reserve List by 11/20). However, the twelve Cubs minor leaguers who attained Rule 55 status prior to the 2020 season (Jason Adam, Corey Black, Erick Castillo, Derek Dietrich, Luke Hagerty, Danny Hultzen, Ryan LaMarre, Jose Lobaton, Luis Lugo, Ian Miller, Tyler Olson, and Hernan Perez) will be eligible to be a 6YFA post-2020 if not added to the MLB Reserve List in the meantime. 

And the seven second contract Cubs minor league players (Aneudis Beard, Juan Gamez, Garrett Kelly, Ryan Lawlor, Jorge Ramirez, Juan Vasquez, and Vance Vizcaino) who otherwise would have been eligible to be an MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agent post-2020 (if not signed beyond the 2020 season) will remain under club control and will not be eligible to be a minor league FA until post-2021, and the five second contract players who are Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2020 (Gamez, Kelly, Lawlor, J. Vasquez, and Vizcaino) will be eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft (if not added to an MLB Reserve List by 11/20).

In addition, - ALL - players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (as well as players presently on MLB Reserve Lists who are outrighted to the minors at some point in the future) who were not previously declared MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents (that is, anytime prior to 2020) will have their eventual minor league free agency pushed back one year going forward. So (for example) if a minor leaguer was set to be a free-agent post-2021, it will instead be post-2022, if the player thought he would be a free-agent post-2023, it will be post-2024 instead, etc.

Also, certain players (but not all players) currently on MLB Reserve Lists will get a 4th minor league option year as the direct result of the 2020 minor league season being canceled. 

In the case of the Cubs, Adbert Alzolay (who if not recalled prior to spending twenty days on Optional Assignment to the minors in 2020 would normally have been out of minor league options in Spring Training 2021) will get a 4th minor league option in 2021. Same goes for Justin Steele in 2022, Miguel Amaya and Manuel Rodriguez in 2023, and Nico Hoerner in 2024 (or in 2023 if he is optioned to the minors for at least twenty days in 2020).  

Conversely, Rex Brothers, Victor Caratini, Dillon Maples, James Norwood, Kyle Ryan, Ryan Tepera, Brad Wieck, and Rowan Wick (each of whom are down to their last minor league option year in 2020 and will be out of minor league options in 2021 if optioned to he minors for at least twenty days in 2020) will not be able to get a 4th minor league option in 2021 if the last one is spent in 2020. Same goes for Albert Almora, David Bote, Jharel Cotton, Colin Rea, and Dan Winker (each of whom had two minor league options left going into the 2020 season) in 2022 if the last one is spent in 2021, and Tyson Miller and Zack Short (both of whom who came into 2020 with three minor league options left) in 2023 if the lasst one is spent in 2022.      

Again, all of this will be so if the 2020 minor league season is not considered to be a "qualified season."


CUBS MINOR LEAGUERSELIGIBLE TO BE MLB RULE 55 FREE-AGENT POST-2020 WORLD SERIES

SIX-YEAR MINOR LEAGUE FREE-AGENTS
Jason Adam, RHP 
Corey Black, RHP
Erick Castillo, C 
Derek Dietrich, INF-OF
Eric Gonzalez, C (see NOTE below)
Luke Hagerty, LHP
Danny Hultzen, LHP
Ryan LaMarre, OF
Jose Lobaton, C
Luis Lugo, LHP
Ivan Medina, RHP (see NOTE below)
Ian Miller, OF
Jordan Minch, LHP (see NOTE below)
Erling Moreno, RHP (see NOTE below) 
Tyler Olson, LHP  
Eugenio Palma, LHP (see NOTE below)
Hernan Perez, INF-OF
Jerrick Suiter, RHP/1B (see NOTE below) 
Jerry Vasto, LHP (see NOTE below)
Mark Zagunis, OF (see NOTE below)
NOTE: E. Gonzalez, I. Medina, Minch. E. Moreno, Palma, Suiter, Vasto, and Zagunis are first-time eligible to be Rule 55 minor league free-agents post-2020, so if the 2020 minor league season is not considered to be a "qualified season" because the season was canceled prior to starting, those eight players will not be eligible to be a minor league 6YFA until post-2021, and would instead remain under club control and be eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft post-2020 (if not added to an MLB Reserve List by 11/20).

SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS (see NOTES below)
Aneudis Beard RHP (previously released by TEX)
Juan Gamez, RHP (previously released by MIN)  
Garrett Kelly, RHP (previously released by MIN)
Ryan Lawlor, LHP (previously released by ATL)
Jorge Ramirez, LHP (previously released by TEX)
Juan Vasquez, C (previously released by SD)
Vance Vizcaino, OF (previously released by KC)
SECOND CONTRACT MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS NOTES:
NOTE-1: With mutual consent (player & club), a second-contract minor league player who has accrued fewer than seven minor league seasons can be signed to a multi-year minor league contract with club control extending up through the player's seventh minor league season.
NOTE-2: RHP Aneudis Beard (previously released by TEX) and LHP Jorge Ramirez (previously released by TEX) are second-contract minor league players, but neither of the them is eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft if signed beyond 2019.
NOTE-3: If the 2020 minor league season is not considered to be a "qualified season" because the season was canceled prior to starting, the seven second contract minor league players listed above who are eligible to be MLB Rule 55 minor league free-agents post-2020 (if not signed beyond the 2020 season) will remain under club control and will not be eligible to be a minor league FA until post-2021, and the five second contract players who are Rule 5 Draft-eligible post-2020 (Gamez, Kelly, Lawlor, J. Vasquez, and Vizcaino) would be eligible for selection in the 2020 Rule 5 Draft (if not added to an MLB Reserve List by 11/20).

Comments

When will this be decided?

Interesting to think about the fourth option ramifications...

If a player spends the entire season on the major league active roster that would only be 67 days and well short of 90. But since service time is being prorated out to 186 days, would that be considered as crossing the 90-day threshold? 

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  • bradsbeard 3 hours 23 min ago (view)

    Great info. Thanks! 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 23 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: What happens on 12/2 is each club submits what's called a "Central Tender Letter" to the MLB LRD listing which unsigned players on the club's MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) are being tendered a contract and which unsigned players are not being tendered a contract. 

    The CTL is sufficient as far as providing proof of contract tender.  

    For players being tendered contracts, the CTL must list the club's MLB salary offer, a minor league split salary offer (if the club so chooses), and performance bonuses (if any) the club is offering to the player.

     

  • crunch 11 hours 59 min ago (view)

    theo walked away from a big payday for an executive in his last season as a cub without having another job scoped out...and according to him he's not even looking one.

    something tells me this isn't going to be a fun off-season for cubs fans.

    the state of the cubs household aside, i wouldn't exactly be shocked to see theo with the mets, though he's supposedly not on their radar at the moment.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 12 hours 23 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have been at the forefront of tone-deaf owners in terms of financial hardship during the pandemic. "The game isn't as profitable as most people think"

     

  • tim815 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    The decision on the amount comes later.

     

  • bradsbeard 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    At the point when the team makes the initial contract tender, do they have to offer a specific salary, and if so is that the same number the team takes into arbitration? Or does the specific number the teams files at for arbitration happen at a later date?

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 15 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player who is signed to a contract that does not include a minor league split salary is paid his full MLB salary while optioned or after being outrighted to a minor league club.

    So if a player goes to arbitration and is awarded (let's say) a $2.5M salary by the arb panel, the contract will not include a minor league split salary or performance bonuses, and if the player is sent to the minors he is paid the full $2.5M while in the minors.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    Maybe Trump can give them a loan.

     

  • crunch 1 day 16 hours ago (view)

    it's not exactly looking good when the cubs brass is complaining about "losing 100m in revenue" when a huge chunk of that seems to include Hotel Zachary.  it looks like the entire "entertainment complex" is the cubs as far as the Ricketts are concerned...and the team might have to suffer a bit because they couldn't fully realize profits last year.  they've publically stated that the big incoming tax credits from the city they're going to realize for stadium work won't help the cubs payroll.

     

  • jdrnym 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    If a player doesn't have a split salary in his contract, how much is he making when in the minors (or how is that salary determined)?

     

  • crunch 2 days 7 hours ago (view)

    we want kyle schwarber to not be mark trumbo so badly...

    either way, the NL having or not having the DH needs to be figured out pretty quickly for a lot of off-season sanity.

     

  • crunch 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    minor league hitting coordinator chris valaika moves up assistant hitting instructor for the big league team.

    looks like a.iapoce's job is safe.

     

  • Cubster 3 days 14 hours ago (view)

    Jed Hoyer gets a new 5 yr contract that runs through 2025 season. 

     

  • Cubster 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/19-mlb-pro...

    BA's list of 19 prospects who impressed at Instructs. One Cub:

    Chase Strumpf, 2B, Cubs

     

  • Jackstraw 4 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Waiting for Ryan Pace to be available.  He should be a week from tomorrow.

     

  • crunch 4 days 11 hours ago (view)

    i haven't even heard a rumor...which is interesting since "virtual" winter meetings start in a couple weeks.

    surprised dan kantrovitz hasn't been named "interim GM" or something...which makes me wonder how wide of a net they're casting to fill the position.  he was snagged from the A's and was an assistant GM there (and director of scouting for STL).