2019 Cubs MLB First-Year Player Draft (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 the signing deadline (whichever comes first), and if a club does not sign a Rule 4 Draft pick by the deadline (5 PM Eastern on the Friday that falls during the week July 6-12), 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.
EXCEPTION: A college senior with no baseball eligibility left 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).
NOTE: The Cubs signed all of their 2019 draft picks who were college seniors with no eligibility left.
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.
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 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 during the period of time extending from July 2nd through December 31st.
Prior to the Rule 4 Draft, each MLB club is assigned a “Signing Bonus Pool” (SBP) equal to the aggregate pre-assigned bonus value of all of the club’s draft slots in the first ten rounds (including supplemental & compensatory draft picks). The higher the slot, the higher the bonus value. (The collective MLB SBP is determined in advance by calculating industry revenues).
The Cubs 2019 Rule 4 Draft SBP is $5,826,900 (or $6,118,245 before penalties would be assessed).
If a club fails to sign a player selected in the first ten rounds (including supplemental draft picks), the value of that slot is deducted from the club’s SBP. There is no bonus value assigned to draft slots after the 10th round, but if a club pays a signing bonus in excess of $125,000 to a player selected in the 11th round or later or to a player eligible for selection who was not drafted, the amount of that bonus in excess of $125,000 is deducted from the club’s SBP.
If a club exceeds its SBP in a given Rule 4 Draft, a tax will be assessed and future Rule 4 Draft picks could be forfeited, depending on how much the club exceeded its SBP. (The club’s 1st Round draft pick in the next Rule 4 Draft is forfeited if the club exceeds its SBP by 5-10%, its 1st & 2nd round draft picks in the next Rule 4 Draft are forfeited if the club exceeds its SBP by 10-15%, and the club’s 1st Round picks in the next two Rule 4 Drafts are forfeited if the club exceeds its SBP by more than 15%).
The Cubs signed 30 of their 40 2019 draft picks prior to the deadline on July 12 at 5 PM (Eastern). They also signed two NDFA prior to the deadline.
CUBS 2019 RULE 4 DRAFT NEGOTIATION LIST: (updated 7-13-2019):
Ryan Jensen, RHP (Fresno State) - SIGNED ($2M bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $2,570,100
Chase Strumpf, 2B (UCLA) - SIGNED ($1,050,300 bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $1,050,300
Michael McAvene, RHP (U. of Louisville) - SIGNED ($500K bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $565,600
Chris Clarke, RHP (USC) - SIGNED ($426,600 bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $426,600
Josh Burgmann, RHP (U. of Washington) - SIGNED ($225,000 bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $318,200
Ethan Hearn, C (Mobile Christian School - Mobile, AL) - SIGNED ($950K bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $247,000
Brad Deppermann, RHP (U. of North Florida) - SIGNED ($50,000 bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $194,400
D. J. Herz, LHP (Terry Sanford HS - Fayetteville, NC) - SIGNED ($500K bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $162,700
Tyler Schlaffer, RHP (Homewood-Flossmoor HS - Flossmoor, IL) - SIGNED ($250K bonus) - SLOT VALUE: $149,800
Wyatt Hendrie, C (Antelope Valley College) - JC FRESHMAN - SLOT VALUE: $142,200
Mack Chambers III, SS (Seminole State) - JC FRESHMAN
Hunter Bigge, RHP (Harvard) - SIGNED ($125K bonus)
Porter Hodge, RHP (Cottonwood Senior HS - Murray, UT) - SIGNED ($125K bonus)
Ryan Reynolds, 3B (U. of Texas) - SIGNED ($125K bonus)
Zach Bryant, RHP (Jacksonville) - SIGNED ($125K bonus)
Johzan Oquendo, RHP (Leadership Christian Academy - Guaynabo, PR) - SIGNED ($125K bonus)
Tanner Dalton, RHP (Sacramento State) - SIGNED ($5,000 bonus)
Alex Moore, RHP (Lander University) - SIGNED ($1,000 bonus)
Adam Laskey, LHP (Duke) - SIGNED ($125K bonus)
Darius Hill, LF (U. of West Virginia) - SIGNED ($5,000 bonus)
Nelson Maldonado, LF (U. of Florida) - SIGNED ($5,000 bonus)
Elian Almanzar, RHP (Florence-Darlington Tech) - SIGNED ($75,000 bonus)
Manny Collier, CF (Westwood HS - Mesa, AZ) - SIGNED ($125K bonus)
Grayson Byrd, INF (Clemson) - SIGNED ($5,000 bonus)
Zac Taylor, CF (U. of Illinois) - SIGNED ($1,000 bonus)
Jacob Olson, INF (U. of South Carolina) - SIGNED ($1,000 bonus)
Cayne Ueckert, RHP (McNeese State) - SIGNED ($5,000 bonus)
Chris Kachmar, RHP (Lipscomb) - SIGNED ($1,000 bonus)
Jake Washer, C (East Carolina) - SIGNED ($5,000 bonus)
Bryan King, LHP (McNeese State) - SIGNED ($1,000 bonus)
Shane Combs, RHP (Notre Dame) - SIGNED ($50,000 bonus)
Bryce Windham, INF-OF (Old Dominion) - SIGNED ($1,000 bonus)
Ryan Ritter, SS (Lincoln Way East HS - Frankfort, IL) - HIGH SCHOOL (Austin Peay State recruit)
Nolan Letzgus, RHP (Heritage HS - Ringgold, GA) - HIGH SCHOOL (Walters State CC recruit)
Hunter Patteson, LHP (Vero Beach HS - Vero Beach, FL) - HIGH SCHOOL (UCF recruit)
Jason Hoopes, RHP (St. Augustine Prep - Buena Vista Township, NJ) - HIGH SCHOOL (U. of Virginia recruit)
Jaylon McLaughlin, CF (U. of Nevada) - COLLEGE JR
Marc Davis, 3B/RHP (Florida Southwestern State College) - JC FRESHMAN
Mason Auer, CF/RHP (Kickapoo HS - Springfield, MO) - HIGH SCHOOL (Missouri State recruit)
Mac Bingham, CF (Torrey Pines HS - San Diego, CA) - HIGH SCHOOL (USC recruit)
Matteo Bocchi, RHP (U. of Texas) - SIGNED (bonus not reported)
Joe Nahas, RHP (Georgia Southern) - SIGNED ($135K bonus)
jdrnym 1 hour 24 min ago (view)
All makes sense, but I think there is one important point of clarification in there -- are you using "practice squad" and "Club Player Pool" interchangeably? If so, I understood the first sentence of your third-to-last paragraph above to mean that Mills/Sadler/Underwood could be outrighted and still be in the Pool, therefore retaining their eligibility to re-selected to the major league active roster later in the season.
Arizona Phil 3 hours 50 min ago (view)
jdrnym: Zack Short is still on Optional Assignment to the minors (as are Alzolay, M. Amaya, R. Garcia, Maples, T. Miller, Norwood, Rea, M. Rodriguez, and Steele), but he can be recalled at any time without restriction (no "ten-day rule") because he was optioned to the minors prior to the transaction freeze in March.
crunch 8 hours 13 min ago (view)
the toles update is worse than his troubled past. toles has been diagnosed bipolar + schizophrenia and has been in/out of institutions over the past couple years. he can't seem to stick to any program long enough to get good treatment.
hope he turns whatever corner he needs to in order to get enough treatment to decide what kind of future he'd like to have.
Dolorous Jon Lester 11 hours 3 min ago (view)
Those two are definitely on more precarious ground once the roster is trimmed to 26, I would say.
jdrnym 11 hours 5 min ago (view)
Right, just went through the roster quick. Underwood, Sadler, same deal.
Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 22 min ago (view)
Can't answer the Short thing. But I'd agree with your assessment of Mills if he weren't basically a lock to make the roster.
jdrnym 13 hours 29 min ago (view)
Is Zack Short's official designation still "on optional assignment" even though he's not on the Pool? If so, he can't just be recalled even though he's on the 40-man roster, right?
And someone like Alec Mills who's on the Pool and out of options... he's virtually locked onto the active roster because he can't get taken off (via an outright) and remain eligible to be re-added. Seems like the kind of player you'd prefer to leave off the initial Pool.
crunch 13 hours 54 min ago (view)
though he went to the hospital for treatment he was never admitted, so he's yet another person who got dragged hard by Covid, but who's case isn't showing up in the hospital admission, ICU bed, or death numbers most of us are looking at.
there's a whole slew of people who have had to shut down their lives for 2-4-6-etc weeks to get over this that are falling outside of the numbers we're tracking most closely.
Cubster 14 hours 23 min ago (view)
"In yet another reminder of how insidious this particular disease can be, Hottovy says he had acted quite cautiously in public before coming down with it. Fortunately, he was able to self-isolate and avoid transmitting it to his family."
crunch 15 hours 34 min ago (view)
it'll be interesting to see how things go down when people have to start playing games in AZ. they're damn close to being "early NYC level" screwed with a lack of planning and action.
with the early plan of playing games in AZ/FL, they could have been huge economic winners with 15+ teams playing all their games in AZ (and spring training 2.0). now it's looking like some teams may not even want to fly into AZ for a few dozen "away" games.
crunch 15 hours 49 min ago (view)
cubs pitching coach tommy hottovy was diagnosed with covid-19 earlier this spring, but he is currently assumed fully recovered.
he had a 100+ degree temperature for 6 days, lost 18 pounds, and it took 30 days for him to test negative.
he's 38 years old, btw.
Hagsag 22 hours 48 min ago (view)
crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)
at least the cubs got elston back for pretty much nothing. also, ha.
Rob Richardson 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
How many coachs, managers, and other "tier 1" individuals around the league are in higher risk groups?
Rob Richardson 1 day 20 hours ago (view)
Well said Crunch.