FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT (MLB RULE 4 DTAFT ) - NEGOTIATION LIST
Players selected in the MLB First-Year Player Draft (MLB Rule 4 Draft) are placed on a club's Negotiation List.
The signing deadline is 5 PM (Eastern) on August 1st or 14 days after the last day of the draft, whichever comes first (July 25th in 2023).
NOTE: The signing deadline cannot be on the same day as the MLB Trade Deadline.
A player selected in the Rule 4 Draft will be declared a free-agent if he is not offered a contract by the signing deadline.
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 the signing deadline (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.
A college senior with no eligibility left who is selected in the Rule 4 Draft will remain on the club's Negotiation List until the player signs or until one week prior to the next Rule 4 Draft.
If a player is selected in the Rule 4 Draft after the 10th round and enrolls in a junior college and remains enrolled for the entire school year, the player can be signed during a period of time beginning with the completion of the junior college's baseball season (including post-season) up until one week prior to the next Rule 4 Draft.
NOTE: Called a "draft & follow," a club signing a previously-selected JC player prior to the next draft can offer a maximum bonus of $225,000, and the bonus does not count against the club's Rule 4 Signing Bonus Pool.
A 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 four-year college, in which case MLB Rule 4 Draft eligibility rules apply.
NOTE: A player eligible for selection in the 2023 MLB First-Year Player Draft who is not selected can be signed by any MLB club as a Non-Drafted Free-Agent (NDFA) beginning at 9 AM (Eastern) on July 12th, but clubs are not permitted to discuss with a draft-eligible player the possibility of signing the player as a NDFA prior to or during the draft.
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 who signs after being selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft) cannot be traded until after the conclusion of the World Series (no earlier than 9 AM on the day after the final game of the World Series), or for 90 days if the player signs after the World Series.
NOTE: Previously, a player signed after being selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft could not be traded until the first anniversary of the player signing his first contract.
A player signed after being selected in the MLB Rule 4 Draft (First-Year Player Draft) cannot be a PTBNL in any trade made prior to the conclusion of the World Series.
CUBS 2023 MLB RULE 4 NEGOTIATION LIST (Last updated 7-21-2023)
Matt Shaw, INF (U. of Maryland) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/16
2-COMP. Jaxon Wiggins, RHP (U. of Arkansas) - COLLEGE JR
Josh Rivera, SS (U. of Florida) - COLLEGE SR - SIGNED 7/19
Will Sanders, RHP (U.of South Carolina) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/19
Michael Carico, C (Davidson) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/16
Alfonsin Rosario, OF (P27 Academy - Lexington, SC) - HIGH SCHOOL - SIGNED 7/16
Yahil Melendez, SS (B You Academy - Caguas, PR) - HIGH SCHOOL - SIGNED 7/19
Brett Bateman, OF (U. of Minnesota) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/16
Jonathon Long, 1B (Long Beach State) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/16
Luis Martinez-Gomez, RHP (Temple CC) - JC SOPH - SIGNED 7/16
11. Zyhir Hope, OF (Colonial Forge HS - Stafford, VA) - HIGH SCHOOL
Carter Trice, 2B-OF (North Carolina State) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/19
13. Sam Armstrong, RHP (Old Dominion) - COLLEGE SR
Grayson Moore, RHP (Vanderbilt)- COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/19
Ty Johnson, RHP (Ball State) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/19
Daniel Brown, LHP (Campbell) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/19
Ethan Flanagan, LHP (UCLA) - COLLEGE SOPH - SIGNED 7/19
Brian Kalmer, 3B (Gonzaga) - COLLEGE SR (REDSHIRT JR) - SIGNED 7/16
Nick Dean, RHP (U. of Maryland) - COLLEGE SR - SIGNED 7/19
Drew Bowser, 3B (Stanford) - COLLEGE JR - SIGNED 7/19
2023 NON-DRAFTED FREE-AGENTS (NDFA) SIGNED BY CUBS:
Kenten Egbert, RHP (Miami U.) - SIGNED 7/21
Landon Ginn, RHP (East Carolina) - SIGNED 7/21