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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  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 hours 21 min ago (view)

    Owners' stooge Bobby Manfred coming out swinging at the players with his statement about the owners instituting a lockout.

     

  • Arizona Phil 8 hours 45 min ago (view)

    The Cubs re-signed OF Michael Hermosillo to a 2022 Major League contract just prior to the midnight Wednesday MLB transaction freeze. 

    Hermosillo was non-tendered on Tuesday because he was a Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Player, and if he had remained on the 40 the Cubs would not have been able to outright him to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB opening Day. 

     

  • crunch 13 hours 37 min ago (view)

    we shouldn't, especially with how much payroll room for 2024+ this top-costing-for-fans team with a heavily monitized ballpark in a major media market has.

    backloaded contracts aren't exactly groundbreaking new things...neither are cheap-ass owners.  i don't expect them to compete every year, but i expect them to try after a punt season where they traded away the core.  NYY, NYM, LAD, LAA, BOS, etc. don't seem to have trouble doing this even if it means throwing a bit of money around...

     

  • Sonicwind75 13 hours 49 min ago (view)

    Stroman, a pleasant surprise.  Good to know we aren't completely punting until 2025.

     

     

  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 15 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: Clint Frazier's 2022 base salary is only $1.5M and he has a minor league option available, so I think it's more likely than not that he opens 2022 at AAA. 

    On the other hand, Harold Ramirez is out of minor league options, and it is unknown at this point what he will get in 2022 as a "super two." 

     

  • crunch 14 hours 42 min ago (view)

    until clint fraizer came on board i wouldn't have counted bryant out.

    OF is kinda crowded right now, though there's no stars in the mix.  fraizer - happ - ortega - heyward - h.ramirez leading the group...  even if he split time between OF/3rd with wisdom that just makes it more crowded, plus the team allegedly wants hoerner to prepare to be used as a super-utility guy.

     

  • George Altman 15 hours 1 min ago (view)

    Ok, if Cubs are going there....I want Correa and Bryant. Unless this is just about selling tickets.

     

  • crunch 15 hours 6 min ago (view)

    internet...

    https://twitter.com/Cubs/status/1466194822990110734

     

  • crunch 16 hours 4 min ago (view)

    stroman / hendricks / miley / alzolay - mills - thompson - steele

    okay...now do bats.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 16 hours 12 min ago (view)

    You beat me to it! :)

     

  • azbobbop 16 hours 12 min ago (view)

    Marcus Stroman to the...wait for it...the CUBS! What a nice surprise!

     

  • Arizona Phil 23 hours 30 min ago (view)

    With Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo having been non-tendered, the only 2021 Rule 5 Draft-Excluded Players remaining on the Cubs MLB 40-man roster are Scott Effross, Alfonso Rivas, Ethan Roberts, and Nelson Velazquez. Draft-Excluded players cannot be outrighted to the minors until 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day, so Effross, Rivas, Roberts, and Velazquez are the only players on the 40 with off-season roster-removal restrictions.  

     

  • Sonicwind75 1 day 30 min ago (view)

    Sad but true.  According to my back of the napkin numbers the Cubs have aroumd $100MM in payroll space to match last seasons but they're shopping in the non-tendereds ailse.  At the same time they talk of being "competitive".  The cognitive dissonance is overwhelming. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    I suspect Jason Adam and Michael Hermosillo will re-sign with the Cubs on minor league deals with NRIs to 2022 MLB Spring Training, possibly as early as tomorrow. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 13 hours ago (view)

    MIN claimed t.megill from CHC and then non-tendered him.

    CHC non-tender jason adam and mike hermosillo

     

  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    matt boyd non-tendered by DET...that sounds about the right part of the scrap pile the cubs are digging around