Pre-Arbitration (Auto-Renewal) Players

An unsigned player under club control who does not yet qualify for salary arbitration ultimately has to either accept the club's offer or just not play.

A club will negotiate with the player up to a point, but if the player has not signed a contract for the current season by March 1st, the club has the right to unilaterally dictate the player's salary and renew the player's contract from the previous season (albeit for an amount not less than the MLB minimum salary, and not less than 80% of the player's salary from the previous season and not less than 70% of the player's salary from two season's back). 

These players are the ones who have a "minor league split" salary in their contract, which the player is paid if he is sent to the minors. A player's "minor league split" salary must be at least equal to the 2019 MLB "minor league split" minimum salary and must be at least 50% of the player's salary from the previous season.
NOTE: If a free-agent signs a major league contract with a minor league "split" salary, the "50% rule" does not apply.

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  • crunch 11 min 28 sec ago (view)

    i played for decades in various formats.  i got crazy busy 3 years ago, took a year off, and never got back into it.

    it's a great way to stay engaged with all the players and introduce yourself to emerging talent other people see that may not be on your radar.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 7 hours 38 min ago (view)

    It feels like you have no time to let players you know are good figure out how to get out of slumps. It's not ideal, and feels very much like it's not baseball.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 20 min ago (view)

    at least this HOU/OAK game has been great since the DET/PIT game has ended.  sigh.

     

  • crunch 17 hours 58 min ago (view)

    at least this DET/PIT game has been great.  no cubs til tuesday at the earliest...boo.

     

  • Arizona Phil 18 hours 33 min ago (view)

    jdrnym: A player being on the Restricted List for a full season makes that season not a qualified season toward minor league free-agency, so will Mark Zagunis (who otherwise would be eligible to be a minor league 6YFA for the first time post-2020) being on the Restricted List as the result of opting-out of the 2020 season (he was assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool in July) keep him from being a minor league 6YFA post-2020? If not, then Zagunis needs to opt back in even if he is no longer assigned to the Cubs MLB Club Player Pool. 

     

  • jdrnym 19 hours 52 min ago (view)

    Baseball America confirms that 2020 will be considered a "qualified season" for the purposes of determining minor league free agency.

    https://www.baseballamerica.com/stories/2020-milb-free-agents-eligible-for-free-agency-this-fall/

     

  • crunch 19 hours 53 min ago (view)

    "Cardinals' president of baseball operations John Mozeliak announced Friday that Ryan Helsley and Austin Dean are the two players that tested positive for COVID-19."

     

  • Cubster 20 hours 53 min ago (view)

    I presume they come back to Chicago for the weekend and travel to Cleveland on Tuesday.

    Saved from an August weekend in Stl. Plus, it might eliminate any road games vs Stl. They might do makeups during the 3 game series at Wrigley Mon 8-17 to Wed 8-19 (Thursday 8-20 is a scheduled off day for the Cubs but StL plays the Reds in StL at night) or the 4 game series against the Cardinals at Wrigley Friday 9-4 through Mon 9-7.

     

  • crunch 21 hours 30 min ago (view)

    i can't even imagine what it's like playing fantasy baseball this season.

     

  • Arizona Phil 22 hours 45 min ago (view)

    So the Cubs are off until Tuesday. 

     

  • Hagsag 23 hours 22 min ago (view)

    Make the Deadbirds forfeit all three games.

     

  • crunch 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    le sigh...

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 2 hours ago (view)

    Based upon the way MLB handled the Marlins positive tests and the Phillies only potential exposure, I wouldn't be surprised if all three of the Cubs-Cards games this weekend will ultimately be canceled. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 day 3 hours ago (view)

    Tonight's Cubs-Cardinals game postponed due to an additional Cards positive CoViD-19 test.

    The additional STL player who tested positive had apparently been out in public with the others who tested positive earlier this week when they were infected, so while the new positive test is not a surprise, the lag/delay in the player testing positive is probably a bit concerning/disappointing. 

     

  • crunch 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    ...only because ESPN no longer shows australian rules football.

     

  • Charlie 1 day 17 hours ago (view)

    This is baseball.

    This is the sport we like.