Recent Retirees


The following players retired & are no longer on major-league rosters.

(Service times vary.)

Infielders

Aaron Boone inf
1 year/$0.75M (2009)

  • 1 year/$0.75M (2009)
    • signed by Houston as a free agent 12/17/08
  • 1 year/$1M (2008)
    • signed by Washington as a free agent 12/6/07
    • performance bonus: $50,000 each for 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 130, 140, 150 games
  • 1 year/$0.925M (2007)
    • signed as a free agent 12/06
  • 1 year/$3.75M (2006), plus $3.75M 2007 mutual option
  • 2 years/$3.6M (2004-05), plus 2006 club option
    • signed by Cleveland as a free agent 6/04
    • 04:$0.6M, 05:$3M, 06:$4.5M club option (vests with 500 PAs in 05)
    • Cleveland exercised 2006 option 8/05 at a restructured salary of $3.75M & added a $3.75M mutual option for 2007
    • $3M in performance bonuses ($2M in 2005, $1M in 2006)
  • 1 year/$5.75M (2004)
    • re-signed by NY Yankees 12/03
    • released 2/04 (due only $917,553 of 2004 salary)
  • 1 year/$3.7M (2003)

    • re-signed by Cincinnati 1/03 (avoided arbitration)
    • acquired by Yankees in trade 7/03
  • 1 year/$2.1M (2002)
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2001)
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2000)
  • agent: Adam Katz
  • ML service: 11.039 (through 2009)

Bret Boone 2b
1 year/$1M (2006)

  • 1 year/$1M (2006)
    • signed as a free agent 1/06 (minor-league contract)
    • 06:$1M if added to 40-man roster
    • $0.5M in performance bonuses
    • retired 3/06
  • 3 years/$25M (2002-04), plus 2005 option
    • 02-04:$8M/year, 05:$9M option (vested with 450 PAs in 2004)
    • $50,000 All Star incentive
    • $0.25M increase in 2004 & 2005 salaries for 10th-place finish in 2003 AL MVP vote
  • 1 year/$3.25M (2001), plus $1M in incentives
  • agent: Reich, Katz & Landis
  • ML service: 11.145

Sean Casey 1b
1 year/$0.8M (2008)

  • 1 year/$0.8M (2008)
    • signed as a free agent 2/08
    • performance bonuses: $0.2M each for 400, 450, 500, 550, 600 PAs
      award bonuses: $0.1M each for MVP, WS MVP; $50,000 each for LCS MVP, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, All Star ($25,000 AS selection)
    • retired 1/09
  • 1 year/$4M (2007) (Detroit)
    • re-signed as a free agent 11/06
    • $0.5M assignment bonus with each trade
    • club will not offer salary arbitration for 2008
    • performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 350, 400, 450, 500 & 550 PAs
    • award bonuses: $0.1M for MVP ($0.1M for 2nd place, $50,000 for 3rd-5th), $0.1M for Comeback Player of the Year, $75,000 for LCS MVP, $50,000 for All Star ($25,000 for selection), $25,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger
  • 3 years/$20.2M (2003-05), plus 2006 club option
    • signed extension 2003
    • 03:$5.6M, 04:$6.8M, 05:$7.8M, 06:$8.5M club option
    • 2006 option guaranteed with 1,500 PAs from 2002 to 2004, 2 All Star appearances 2002-04, or 1 MVP award 2002-04
    • Cincinnati exercised $8.5M 2006 option 10/04
    • acquired in trade 12/05 (Cincinnati to pay $1M of $8.5M 2006 salary)
    • acquired in trade from Pittsburgh 7/06
  • 1 year/$4M (2002)
  • 1 year/$3M (2001), won arbitration ($3M-$2.6M)
  • agent: Ron Shapiro
  • ML service: 10.171

Vinny Castilla 3b
2 years/$6.2M (2006-06)

  • 2 years/$6.2M (2005-06)

    • signed as a free agent 11/04
    • 05: $3M, 06:$3.2M
    • acquired in trade 11/05, with San Diego sending Brian Lawrence and about $0.55M in cash to Washington
    • San Diego to pay additional $0.425M if Washington declined 2007 option
    • released by San Diego 7/06
    • signed as a free agent 8/06 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 9/06
  • 1 year/$2.1M (2004), plus $2.1M 2005 mutual option
    • 04:$2.1M, 05:$2.1M
    • $1.6M annually deferred to 2015-2029
    • Castilla declined option 11/04
  • 2 years/$8M (2002-03)
    • 02:$3.5M, 03:$4.5M
  • 4 years/$24M (1998-2001)
  • agent: Eric Goldschmidt
  • ML service: 13.056

 

Eric Chavez 3b
1 year/$3.5M (2014)

 

  • 1 year/$3.5M (2014)
    • re-signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/21/13
    • performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 60, 90, 120, 150 games
  • 1 year/$3M (2013)
    • signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/5/12
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2012)
    • re-signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/21/12
    • performance bonuses: $50,000 for 75
      plate appearances. $0.1M each for 100, 150 PA. $0.2M each for 200, 250
      PA. $0.3M each for 300, 350 PA. $0.4M each for 400, 450 PA. $0.5M each
      for 500, 550 PA.
  • 1 year (2011)
    • signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 2/4/11 (minor-league contract)
    • $1.5M salary on Major League Opening Day roster
    • $4M in bonuses based on playing time, days on roster
    • may opt out if not on Major League roster 3/26/11
    • contract purchased by NY Yankees 3/28/11
  • 6 years/$66M (2005-10), plus 2011 club option
    • signed extension with Oakland 3 /04
    • $3M signing bonus (pad in $0.5M installments, 2004-09)
    • 05:$8M, 06:$9M, 07:$9M, 08:$11M, 09:$11M, 10:$12M,
      11:$12.5M club option ($3M buyout)
    • limited no-trade clause blocking deals to Toronto, Montreal, Tampa Bay, NY Mets, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Florida and Cleveland
    • award bonuses: $0.1M each for
      Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, WS MVP; $0.1M for MVP ($75,000 for 2nd
      in vote, $50,000 for 3rd); $50,000 each for All Star, LCS VMP
    • Oakland declined 2011 option 11/3/10
  • 4 years/$11.75M (2001-04), plus 2005 club option
    • signed extension with Oakland 8/00
    • $0.5M signing bonus ($0.1M at signing, $0.4M in 2002)
    • 01:$0.5M, 02:$2M, 03:$3.55M, 04:$5.2M, 05:$6M club option
    • Oakland exercised option 3/02
  • agent: Lapa & Leventhal, All Bases Covered Sports Management (previously represented by Dave Stewart & BHSC)
  • ML service: 15.020

Jeff Conine 1b
1 year/$1.7M (2006), plus 2007 option

  • 1 year/$1.7M (2006), plus 2007 option

    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • 06:$1.7M, 07:$2M mutual option
    • 2007 option vests with 450 Plate Appearances in 2006 (Conine retains right to void the option if it vests)
    • $0.75M in performance bonuses

      • $0.2M in performance bonuses based on games, including:

        • $25,000 for 80 g, $0.1M for 140 g
      • up to $0.55M in performance bonuses for PAs 200-550
    • $0.25M assignment bonus if traded in 2006 or 2007
    • $2M 2007 option vested with 539 PAs in 2006
    • acquired in trade 8/06
      • $1.16M remaining on contract, including remaining base salary, performance bonuses & assignment (trade) bonus
      • may earn additional $0.35M in performance bonuses
      • Baltimore paid Philadelphia more than $0.5M as part of the deal
    • acquired in trade from Cincinnati 8/20/07
  • 2 years/$9.25M (2003-04), plus $4.75M 2005 club option
    • 03:$4.25M, 04:$4.75M, 05:$4.75M club option ($0.25M buyout)
  • 2 years/$5.75M (2000-01), plus $3.5M 2002 club option (picked up 11/01)
    • 00:$2.5M, 01:$3M
  • agent: Michael Watkins
  • ML service: 15.079

Carlos Delgado 1b
1 year (2010)

  • 1 year (2010)

    • signed by Boston as a free agent 8/7/10 (minor-league contract)
    • retired 4/13/11
  • 4 years/$52M (2005-08), plus 2009 club option

    • signed by Florida as a free agent 1/27/05
    • 05:$4M, 06:$13.5M, 07:$14.5M, 08:$16M, 09:$16M vesting option or $12M club option ($4M buyout)
    • 2009 option vests at $16M with 30 points in 2005-08:
      • 20 points for World Series MVP
      • 10 points for LCS MVP
      • 10 points for MVP, 9 for 2nd place in MVP vote, 8 for 3rd, 7 for 4th, 6 for 5th, 5 for 6th, 4 for 7th, 3 for 8th, 2 for 9th, 1 for 10th
    • award bonuses: $0.5M for WS MVP, $0.1M for LCS MVP, $0.1M for MVP, $50,000 for finishing 2nd to Bonds in MVP vote, $50,000 for All Star selection, $25,000 each for Silver Slugger, Gold Glove
    • acquired 11/05 in trade from Florida (as part of deal, Marlins paid Mets $7M – $1M in 2006, $2M in 2007, $4M in 2008)
    • NY Mets exercised $12M 2009 club option 10/31/08
  • 4 years/$68M (2001-04)
    • $4.8M signing bonus
    • 01:$10M, 02:$17.2M, 03:$17.5M, 04:$18.5M
    • complete no-trade clause
    • $50,000 All Star award bonus
  • 3 years/$36M (2000-02)
  • agent: David Sloane
  • ML service: 15.002 (through 2009)

Nomar Garciaparrainf
1 year/$1M (2009)

  • 1 year/$1M (2009)
    • signed by Oakland as a free agent 3/3/09
    • performance bonus: $0.1M for 150 PAs; $75,000 each for 200, 300 PAs
    • roster bonuses for days on 25-man roster: $0.1M each for 60, 90 days; $50,000 for 120 days
    • award bonuses: $50,000 each for Gold Glove, All Star, LCS MVP, Comeback POY; $0.1M each for Silver Slugger, WS MVP; $0.1M for MVP ($75,000 for 2nd in vote, $50,000 for 3rd)
    • retired 3/10
  • 2 years/$18.5M (2007-08)
    • re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 11/06
    • $2.5M signing bonus (paid 2009-2010)
    • 07:$7.5M, 08:$8.5M
    • no-trade protection
    • performance bonuses: $0.25M per year for 500 PAs (if earned, half donated to club charity, half to player charity, with club matching donations)
  • 1 year/$6M (2006)

    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • $4M in performance bonuses (earned $2.5M)
      • $0.5M each for 400, 425, 450, 474, 500, 525, 550, 575 PAs
  • 1 year/$8.25M (2005), re-signed as a free agent 12/04
    • $2.775M in performance & award bonuses:
      • $0.5M each for 535 & 550 PAs
      • $0.15M for 130 starts
      • $0.4M each for 135, 140, 145 & 150 starts
      • $25,000 All Star award bonus
  • 5 years/$23.25M (1998-2002), plus 2003-04 options
    • $2M signing bonus ($0.4M annually ‘98-‘02)
    • 98:$0.6M, 99:$0.9M, 00:$3.3M, 01:$6.85M, 02:$8.6M, 03:$10.5M club option (exercised after 99 season), 04:$11.5M club option (exercised after 2000 season)
  • drafted 1994 (1-12)
  • agent: Arn Tellum
  • ML service: 13.030 (through 2009)

Mark Grace 1b
1 year/$1.75M (2003), plus 2004 option

  • 1 year/$1.75M (2003), plus 2004 option
    • signed 12/02
  • 2 years/$6M (2001-02), plus 2003 mutual option
  • ML service: 14.154
  • agent: Barry Axelrod

Ryan Klesko inf
1 year/$1.75M (2007)

  • 1 year/$1.75M (2007)

    • signed as a free agent 12/06
    • 07:$1.5M, with additional $0.25M donated to Klesko’s foundation
    • performance bonuses based on PAs: $0.2M for 275 PAs, $0.25M for 325 PAs, $0.3M for 375 PAs, $0.35M for 425 PAs, $0.2M for 450 PAs, $9,333 each for PA 451-525
    • award bonuses: $0.1M for MVP ($75,000 for 2nd place, $50,000 for 3rd), $75,000 for WS MVP, $50,000 for LCS MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove or All Star ($25,000 for selection)
    • retired 4/08
  • 3 years/$26.5M (2004-06), plus $8M 2007 club option

    • San Diego declined 2007 option 10/06
    • $5M bonus ($2M paid in 2005)
    • 04:$3M, 05:$8M, 06:$10M, 07:$8M club option ($0.5M buyout)
    • no-trade clause
    • agreed to reduced 2003 salary in return for 2005-06 extension (signed 6/02, backloaded to pay $26.5M 2004-06, coinciding with opening of Petco park)
  • 3 years/$18.75M (2002-04)
    • 02:$6M, 03:$6.25M, 04:$6.5M
    • agreed to reduce 2001 salary from $6.5M to $5.75M in exchange for 2002-04 extension, signed 5/00
  • 00:$5.75M, 01:$5.75
  • ML service: 14.078

Mark Loretta inf
1 year/$1.25M (2009)

  • 1 year/$1.25M (2009)
    • signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 12/10/08
    • performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 250, 300 PAs; $50,000 for 400 PAs; $0.1M for 450 PAs
    • retired 1/10
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2008)
    • lost in arbitration with Houston 2/19/08 ($4.9M-$2.75M)
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2007)
    • signed by Houston as a free agent 1/07
    • $1M in performance bonuses
  • 2 years/$5.25M (2004-05), plus 2006 club option
    • 04:$2.5M, 05:$2.75M, 06:$3M club option
    • 2006 option vests with 370 plate appearances in 2005
    • $25,000 All Star award bonus
    • acquired by Boston in trade from San Diego 12/05, increasing 2006 salary to $3.75M
  • 1 year/$1.25M (2003)
    • signed by San Diego as a free agent 12/02
  • 3 years/$11M (2000-02)
    • signed extension with Milwaukee
    • 00:$2.5M, 01:$3.5M, 02:$5M
    • acquired by Houston in trade from Milwaukee 8/02
  • agent: Bob Garber
  • ML service: 14.011 (through 2009)

Mike Lowell 3b
3 years/$37.5M (2008-10)

  • 3 years/$37.5M (2008-10)
    • re-signed by Boston as a free agent 11/19/07
    • $1.5M signing bonus
    • 08:$12M, 09:$12M, 10:$12M
    • no-trade protection
    • award bonuses
    • perks: suite on road
    • retired 10/10
  • 4 years/$32M (2004-07)
    • re-signed by Florida as a free agent 12/03
    • 04:$6.5M, 05:$7.5M, 06:$9M, 07:$9M
    • if Florida stadium deal is not in place 11/1/04, Lowell may elect free agency after 2004 or exercise $14M 2005 option
    • award bonuses: $25,000 for All-Star
    • Florida guaranteed 3 years/$25.5M (2005-07) 10/04 in exchange for Lowell waiving his right to file for free agency if stadium plan fails
    • acquired by Boston in trade from Florida 11/24/05
  • 3 years/$6.5M (2001-03)
    • 01:$0.5M, 02:$2.3M, 03:$3.7M
    • award bonus: $10,000 for All-Star
  • drafted by NY Yankees 1995 (20-562) (Florida International)
  • agent: Levinson brothers
  • ML service: 11.020 (through 2009)

Tino Martinez 1b
1 year/$3M (2005), plus 2006 club option

  • 1 year/$3M (2005), plus 2006 club option
    • signed as a free agent 12/04
    • 05:$2.75M, 06:$3M club option ($0.25M buyout)
    • NYY declined 2006 option 11/05
  • 3 years/$21.5M (2002-04), plus $8.5M 2005 club option
    • 2005 option declined 11/04
    • acquired in trade 11/03, with St. Louis paying $7M of $8.5M remaining
    • signed as a free agent 12/01
  • 1 year/$6M (2001)
  • agent: Jim Krivacs
  • ML service: 13.090

Bill Mueller 3b
2 years/$9.5M (2006-07)

  • 2 years/$9.5M (2006-07)
    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • $0.75M signing bonus (to be paid 1/15/08)
    • 06:$4.25M, 07:$4.5M
    • limited no-trade clause allowing Mueller to block deals to 5 clubs
    • one-time $0.5M assignment bonus if traded (to be paid by new team)
    • retired 11/06, taking front-office job with Dodgers (to be paid $4.5M 2007 salary)
  • 2 years/$4.5M (2003-04), plus 2005 club option

    • signed as a free agent 1/03
    • 03:$2.1M, 04:$2.1M, 05:$2.1M club option ($0.3M buyout)
    • 2005 salary increased to $2.5M with 1,000 PAs 2003-04
    • club exercised $2.1M 2005 option 10/04
  • 2 years/$6.2M (2001-02)
    • $0.3M signing bonus
    • 01:$2.6M, 02:$3.3M
  • agent: David Meier
  • ML service: 10.063

John Olerud 1b
1 year (2005)

  • 1 year (2005) (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 5/05
    • signed 5/05
    • retired 12/05
  • 2 years/$15.4M (2003-04
    • 03:$7.7M, 04:$7.7M
  • 3 years/$20M (2000-02)
    • 00:$6.35M, 01:$6.75M, 02:$6.95M
  • agent: Joe McIntosh
  • ML Service: 14.031

J.T. Snow 1b
1 year/$2M (2006)

  • 1 year/$2M (2006)
    • signed as a free agent 1/06
    • DFA, released by Boston 6/06
    • retired 12/06
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2004), plus 2005 club option
    • SF exercised $2M 2005 option 11/04
    • 04:$1.5M, 05:$2M club option ($0.25M buyout)
    • 2005 option vests with 450 PAs in 2004
    • re-signed as a free agent 12/03
  • 4 years/$24M (2000-03), plus $6.5M 2004 club option (declined 10/03)
    • 00:$4.75M, 01:$5.75M, 02:$5.9M, 03:$6.85M, 04:$6.5M club option ($0.75M buyout)
  • agent: Dan Horwits
  • ML service: 12.121

Mike Sweeney1b-dh
1 year/$0.65M (2010)

  • 1 year/$0.65M (2010)

    • signed by Seattle as a free agent 2/12/10 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.4M in performance bonuses based on PAs
    • contract purchased by Seattle 4/4/10
    • acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Seattle 8/4/10
    • retired 3/25/10
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2009)

    • signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/29/09 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by Seattle
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2008)

    • signed by Oakland as a free agent for 2008
    • contract purchased by Oakland 3/25/08
    • released by Oakland 9/9/08
  • 5 years/$55M (2003-07)

    • signed extension with Kansas City 3/02
    • 03-07: $11M annually
    • salaries increase to $12.5M/year with trade or contraction
    • full no-trade clause 2002-03
    • limited no-trade clause after 2003 – Sweeney may block deals to all but 8 clubs (Arizona, Chicago Cubs, LA Angels, LA Dodgers, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle)
    • award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star
    • final 3 years (2005-07) vest only if Kansas City finishes .500 or better in 2003 or 2004 (vested 2003)
  • 2 years/$13M (2001-02)
    • re-signed by Kansas City
    • 01:$5M, 02:$8M
    • performance and award bonuses
    • limited no-trade clause
  • 1 year/$2.25M (2000)
  • 1 year/$0.265M (1999)
  • 1 year/$0.23M (1998)
  • 1 year/$0.165M (1997)
  • drafted by Kansas City 1991 (10-263)
  • agent: ACES
  • ML service: 13.066

Fernando Vina 2b
1 year (2006)

  • 1 year (2006)
    • signed by Seattle as a free agent 1/06 (minor-league contract)
    • released 3/06
  • 2 years/$6M (2004-05)
    • 04:$3M, 05:$3M
    • signed as a free agent 12/03
  • 3 years/$15M (2001-03), plus $4.5M 2004 club option
    • $1M signing bonus
    • 01:$4M, 02:$4M, 03:$5M, 04:$4.5M club option ($1M buyout) (declined)
  • agents: Levinson brothers
  • ML service: 11.031 (through 2004)

Matt Williams 3b
5 years/$45M (1998-02), plus $4.5M 2003 club option

  • retired 6/03
  • 99:$8M, 00:$8.5M, 01:$9M, 02:$9.5M, 03:$10M
  • ML service: 14.113

Dmitri Young inf
2 years/$10M (2008-09), plus 2010 option

  • 2 years/$10M (2008-09), plus 2010 option

    • signed extension with Washington 7/28/07
    • 08:$5M, 09:$5M, 10:$6M option (may vest based on plate appearances)
    • 2010 option guaranteed with 500 PAs in 2009 or 900 PAs 2008-09
    • sent outright to AAA by Washington 11/4/08
    • contract selected by Washington 3/28/09
    • retired 3/10
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2007)
    • signed as a free agent 2/07 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 3/07
  • 4 years/$28.5M (2002-05), plus 2006 club option
    • avoided arbitration 2/02 ($6.15M-$5M)
    • $1M signing bonus (est.)
    • 02:$5.5M, 03:$6.5M, 04:$7.5M, 05:$8M, 06:$8M club option,
      07:$7M club option – added if 06 option vests or is picked up
    • 2006 option becomes guaranteed with:
      • 500 plate appearances in 2005, or
      • 1,000 plate appearances from 2004 to 2005
    • $25,000 All Star award bonus
    • DFA, released by Detroit 9/06
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2001), avoided arbitration ($3.9M-$3.1M)
  • agent: Adam Katz
  • ML service: 12.008 (through 2008)

Catchers

Jeremy Brownc
1 year (2007)

  • 1 year (2007)
    • re-signed 2/07
    • DFA 5/22/07, sent outright to AAA 5/25/07
    • retired 2/08
  • 1 year (2006), re-signed 2/06
  • 1 year (2005), re-signed 2/05
  • drafted 2002 (1S-35), $0.35M signing bonus
  • ML service: 0.045 (through 2006)

John Flaherty c
1 year/$0.65M (2006)

  • retired 3/06
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2005), re-signed as a free agent 12/04
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2003) (minor-league contract)
  • agent: CSMG
  • ML service: 11.148

Mike Lieberthal c
1 year/$1.25M (2007), plus 2008 club option

  • 1 year/$1.25M (2007), plus 2008 club option

    • signed as a free agent 12/06
    • 07:$1.15M, 08:$1.4M ($0.1M buyout)
    • LA Dodgers declined 2008 option 10/30/07
    • retired 1/28/08
  • 3 years/$23.5M (2002-05), plus 2006 vesting option (Philadelphia)
    • signed extension 8/02
    • 03:$7.25M, 04:$7.5M, 05:$7.5M, 06:$7.5M option ($1.25M buyout)
    • 2006 option vests with:
      • 1,200 PAs, 2003-05; or
      • 850 PAs, 2004-05; or
      • 475 PAs in 2005.
  • 3 years/$19M (2000-02), plus 2003 club option
    • $1M signing bonus
    • 00:$4.5M, 01:$6M, 02:$7M, 03:$7.25M club option ($0.5M buyout)
    • 2003 option vests with 500 PAs in 2002
  • ML service: 13.005

Mike Matheny c
3 years/$10.5M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option

  • 3 years/$10.5M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option

    • signed as a free agent 12/04
    • $3M signing bonus (05:$0.5M, 06:$1M, 07:$1.5M)
    • 05:$1M, 06:$2.25M, 07:$2.25M, 08:$4M club option ($2M buyout)
    • $0.1M for Gold Glove award
    • retired 2/07
  • 3 years/$8.75M (2002-04)
    • 02:$2.5M, 03:$3.25M, 04:$2.75M
    • performance bonuses to $4M
  • agent: John Boggs
  • ML service: 12.057 (through 2006)

Outfielders

Moises Alou of
1 year/$8.5M (2007), plus 2008 club option

  • 1 year/$8.5M (2007), plus 2008 club option
    • signed by NY Mets as a free agent 11/06
    • 07:$7.5M, 08:$7.5M club option ($1M buyout)
    • NY Mets exercised $7.5M 2008 option 10/31/07
  • 1 year/$7.25M (2005), plus 2006 player option
    • signed as a free agent 12/04
    • 05:$7.25M, 06:$6M player option
    • $1M of 2005 salary deferred to 2006, $1.5M deferred to 2007
    • portion of 2006 salary deferred if option is exercised
    • $0.25M/year in incentives (PAs)
    • Alou exercised $6M 2006 player option 10/05
  • 3 years/$27M (2002-04), plus 2005 club option
    • signed 12/01
    • 02:$6M, 03:$9.5M, 04:$9.5M
    • 05:$11.5M club option ($2.5M buyout)
    • Cubs declined option 10/04
  • 5 years/$25M (1997-2001)
    • no-trade clause
  • agents: Hendricks brothers
  • ML service: 17.037 (through 2007)

Rocco Baldelli of
1 year (2010)

  • 1 year (2010)
    • signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 7/19/10 (minor-league contract) (previously signed as a special assistant in front office 3/2/10)
    • contract purchased by Tampa Bay 9/1/10
    • retired 1/26/11
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2009)
    • signed by Boston as a free agent 1/8/09
    • $5.25M in performance bonuses based on PAs
    • $1.75M in roster bonuses based on days on active 25-man roster
  • 3 years/$9M (2006-08), plus 2009-11 club options

    • signed extension with Tampa Bay 11/05 (avoided arbitration)
    • 06:$2M, 07:$0.75M, 08:$2.25M, 09:$6M club option ($4M buyout), 10:$8M club option, 11:$9M club option ($2M buyout)
    • 2010-11 options must be exercised together
    • $4M escalator if Baldelli has 600 PAs in 2006
    • performance bonus: 600 PAs in 2006 adds $1.75M to 2007 salary, $2.25M to 2008 salary, with lesser bonuses for less than 600 PAs
    • Tampa Bay declined 2009 option 4/1/08
  • 1 year/$0.396M (2005)
  • 1 year/$0.32M (2004)

    • renewed by Tampa Bay 3 /04
    • Tampa Bay took $20,000 performance bonus off the table when Baldelli balked at renewal
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003)
  • drafted by Tampa Bay 2000 (1-6)
  • $2.25M signing bonus (paid over 5 years under two-sport provision)
  • agent: negotiated 2006-08 extension himself (hired Casey Close to review language) (previously Scott Boras)
  • ML service: 7.000 (through 2009)

Albert Belle of
5 years/$65M (1999-2003)

  • 5 years/$65M (1999-2003)

    • signed 12/98
  • 5 years/$55M (1997-2001)
    • 97:$10M, 98:$10M
    • exercised right to void final 3 years of deal
  • agent: Arn Tellum
  • ML service: 12.115

Jeromy Burnitz of
1 year/$6.7M (2006), plus 2007 option

  • 1 year/$6.7M (2006), plus 2007 option

    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • 06:$6M, 07:$6M mutual option ($0.7M buyout if club declines option)
    • $50,000 for 140 g, $0.1M each for 150 & 155 g
    • Pittsburgh declined $6M 2007 option 11/06
    • retired 3/07
  • 1 year/$5M (2005), plus 2006 option
    • signed as a free agent 1/05
    • 05:$4.5M, 06:$7M mutual option ($0.5M buyout)
    • Cubs declined 2006 option 10/05
  • 1 year/$1.5M (2004), plus 2005 club option

    • 04:$1.25M, 05:$3M club option ($0.25M buyout)
    • club declined option 10/04
  • 2 years/$20M (2002-03)
    • $2M signing bonus
    • 02:$6.5M, 03:$11.5M
  • 4 years/$14.5M (1998-2001)
  • agent: Howard Simon
  • ML service: 11.064

Frank Catalanotto of
1 year/$0.65M (2010)

  • 1 year/$0.65M (2010)

    • signed by NY Mets as a free agent 1/30/10 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by NY Mets 4/5/10
    • DFA by Mets 5/10/10
  • 3 years/$13.5M (2007-09), plus 2010 club option

    • signed by Texas as a free agent 11/06
    • 07:$3.5M, 08:$4M, 09:$4M, 10:$5M club option ($2M buyout)
    • 2010 option increases to $5.5M ($2.25M buyout) with either 500 PAs in 2009 or 1,000 PAs in 2008-09
    • released by Texas 4/1/09
    • signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 5/12/09 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by Milwaukee 5/25/09
  • 2 years/$5.4M (2005-06)
    • signed extension 9/04
    • 05:$2.7M, 06:$2.7M
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2004)
    • re-signed 10/03
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2003)
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2002)
    • re-signed 1/02 (avoided arbitration, $2.9M-$2M)
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2001)
  • agent: Alan Nero
  • ML service: 11.132 (through 2009)

Jermaine Dye rf
2 years/$22M (2008-09), plus 2010 option

  • 2 years/$22M (2008-09), plus 2010 mutual option

    • signed extension with Chicago White Sox 8/18/07
    • 08:$9.5M, 09:$11.5M, 10:$12M mutual option ($0.95M buyout)
    • full no-trade clause in 2008
    • limited no-trade clause in 2009 (Dye may block deals to 6 clubs in Northeast)
    • White Sox declined 2010 option 11/6/09
  • 2 years/$10.15M (2005-06), plus 2007 club option

    • signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 12/04
    • 05:$4M, 06:$5M, 07:$6M club option ($1.15M buyout)
    • $15,000 for Silver Slugger (also increased 2007 salary to $7M)
    • $60,000 bonus for 5th-place finish in 2006 AL MVP vote
    • limited no-trade clause (may block deals for 4 clubs, including Boston)
    • Chicago White Sox exercised 2007 option 10/06
  • 3 years/$32M (2002-04), plus 2005 option

    • signed extension with Oakland 1/17/02
    • $2M signing bonus
    • 02:$6.5M, 03:$11M, 04:$11M, 05:$14M mutual option ($1.5M buyout)
    • Oakland declined club option 10/04
  • 2 years/$6.1M (2000-01)
    • signed extension with Kansas City 10/99
    • 00:$2.3M, 01:$3.8M
    • acquired by Oakland 7/25/01 in three-way trade with Kansas City and Colorado
  • 1 year/$0.26M (1999) (Kansas City)
  • 1 year/$0.23M (1998) (Kansas City)
  • 1 year/$0.175M (1997) (Kansas City)
  • 1 year/$0.109M (1996) (Atlanta)
  • drafted by Atlanta 1993 (17-448) (Cosumnes River College, Calif.)
  • agent: Robert Bry
  • ML service: 13.084

Juan Encarnacion of
3 years/$15M (2006-08)

  • 3 year/$15M (2006-08)

    • signed by St. Louis as a free agent 12/05
    • 06:$3.5M, 07:$5M, 08:$6.5M
  • 2 years/$8M (2004-05)
    • avoided arbitration 12/03
    • 04:$3.565M, 05:$4.435M
  • 1 year/$3.45M (2003)
  • 1 year/$1.55M (2002), avoided arbitration 1 /02
  • signed 1992 as amateur free agent from the Dominican Republic
  • agent: Michael Moline
  • ML service: 9.098 (through 2007)

Brian Giles of
1 year (2010)

  • 1 year (2010)

    • signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/7/10 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.55M salary in majors
    • $0.2M in performance bonuses
    • may request release if not on 25-man roster for Opening Day
    • retired 3/10
  • 3 years/$30M (2006-08), plus 2009 club option

    • re-signed by San Diego as a free agent 11/05
    • 06-08:$9M annually, 09:$9M club option ($3M buyout)
    • $2M of 2006 salary to be paid up front
    • full no-trade clause in 2006, limited no-trade clause in 2007-08 (allowing Giles to block trades to 8 clubs: Baltimore, Boston, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Florida, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Washington)
    • annual salary increased by $2M if traded
    • San Diego exercised $9M 2009 club option 11/7/08
  • 6 years/$45M (2000-05)
    • signed extension 5/00, replacing last 3 years of multi-year contract with Cleveland
    • $8M signing bonus ($5.5M deferred)
    • 00:$3M, 01:$6M, 02:$7M, 03:$7M, 04:$7M, 05:$7M
    • All Star bonus increased 2003 & 2004 base salaries from $7M to $7.5M
    • $12.5M deferred at 5% interest until 2006 ($5.5M of bonus, $1M of 2000 salary, $2M in 01 & $4M in 02)
    • limited NTC (ATL, SF, SD, LAD, AZ, COL are only clubs where he may be traded without permission)
  • previous contract: 00:$1.75M, 01:$2.55M, 02:$3.625M club option
    • $0.2M/year performance bonus for 600 PAs in a season
  • agent: Joe Bick
  • ML service: 13.096 (through 2009)

Luis Gonzalez of
1 year/$2M (2008)

  • 1 year/$2M (2008)

    • signed as a free agent 1/31/08
    • $1M in performance bonuses (250-500 PAs)
  • 1 year/$7.35M (2007) (LA Dodgers)
    • signed as a free agent 12/06
  • 3 years/$30M (2004-06), plus 2007 club option

    • signed extension 3/03
    • $0.25M signing bonus
    • 04:$8.25M, 05:$10M, 06:$11.5M, 07:$10M club option
    • no-trade clause
    • $50,000 All Star award bonus
  • 3 years/$12.5M (2000-02), plus 2003 club option
    • 00:$3M, 01:$4.5M, 02:$4M ($2.25M deferred), 03:$4M club option (exercised 1/01 when Gonzalez agreed to defer some salary past 2006) ($1M buyout)
  • agent: Gregg Clifton & Terry Bross (previously Greg Genske & Jeff Moorad)
  • ML service: 17.032 (through 2007)

Shawn Green of
3 years/$32M (2005-07), plus 2008 option

  • 3 years/$32M (2005-07), plus 2008 option

    • $7M signing bonus ($5M paid in 2005, $2M by 2008)
    • 05:$5.5M, 06:$8M, 07:$9.5M, 08:$10M mutual option ($2M buyout)
    • waived no-trade clause & agreed to 3-year extension & restructure 1/05 (Dodgers to pay $10M of $16M salary Green was to earn in 2005)
    • full no-trade clause 2005
    • limited no-trade clause 2006-07 allowing trades only to LAA, LAD & SD
    • acquired in trade 8/06, with Arizona paying about $6.3M of the $12.75M remaining on contract
      • Arizona to pay about $0.5M in 2006 & about $5.8M in 2007
      • Green waived no-trade clause to allow deal
    • retired 2/08
  • 6 years/$84M (2000-05)
    • $4M signing bonus
    • 00:$8.75M, 01:$11.5M, 02:$12.75M, 03:$15M, 04:$16M, 05:$16M
  • agent: Greg Genske
  • ML service: 13.063 (through 2007)

Marquis Grissom of
1 year (2006)

  • 1 year (2006)
    • signed as a free agent 1/06 (minor-league contract)
    • released 8/05
    • retired 3/06
  • 2 years/$4.25M (2003-04), plus 2005 club option

    • SF exercised $2.75M 2005 option 11/04
    • $0.25M signing bonus
    • 03:$1.75M, 04:$2M, 05:$2.75M club option ($0.5M buyout)
  • 5 years/$25M (1998-2002), plus $5M 2003 club option
    • 98-02: $5M annually, 03:$5M club option (declined)
    • agreed to defer at 6% interest $1M in 2001, $1.5M in 2002 (payable when Grissom is 40)
  • ML service: 15.166

Geoff Jenkins of
2 years/$13M (2008-09), plus 2010 mutual option

  • 2 years/$13M (2008-09), plus 2010 mutual option
    • signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/20/07
    • 08:$5M, 09:$6.75M, 10:$7.5M mutual option ($1.25M buyout)
    • 2010 option guaranteed at $7.5M with 925 PAs 2008-09 or 525 PAs in 2009
    • buyout increases to $1.5M with 500 PAs in 2008
    • price of 2010 option increases to $7.75M with 550 PAs in 2009, $8M with 600 PAs in 2009
    • limited no-trade clause allowing Jenkins to block deals to 6 clubs
    • performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 450, 500, 550, 600 PAs
    • award bonuses
    • released by Philadelphia 3/31/09
  • 3 years/$23M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option

    • $1M signing bonus (paid in 2005)
    • 05:$7M, 06:$7.5M, 07:$7M, 08:$9M club option ($0.5M buyout)
    • Milwaukee declined 2008 option 10/30/07
  • 4 years/$18M (2001-04)
    • $0.75M signing bonus
    • 01:$1M, 02:$3M, 03:$5M, 04:$8.25M
  • agent: Damon Lapa
  • ML service: 10.109 (through 2008)

Jacque Jones of
1 year (2009)

  • 1 years (2009)
    • signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 2/5/09 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.6M salary in majors, $75,000 in minors
    • $0.1M in performance bonuses for PAs 250-400
    • released by Cincinnati 4/8/09
  • 3 years/$16M (2006-08)
    • signed as a free agent by Chicago Cubs 12/05
    • $4M signing bonus (paid 1/06 to 1/08)
    • 06:$3M, 07:$4M, 08:$5M
    • acquired by Detroit in trade from Chicago Cubs 11/12/07 (as part of deal, Cubs pay $2M of Jones’ $5M 2008 salary)
    • DFA by 5/5/08, released 5/13/08
    • signed as a free agent 5/19/08 (minor-league contract, with Florida paying a pro-rated share of the $390,000 Major League minimum salary)
    • contract purchased 5/23/08, DFA by Florida 6/11/08
  • 1 year/$5M (2005)
    • re-signed 12/04 (avoided arbitration)
    • $0.25M if traded
  • 2 years/$7.1M (2003-04)
    • re-signed 1/03 (avoided arbitration, $3.2M-$2.75M)
    • 03:$2.75M, 04:$4.35M
    • $25,000 All Star bonus
  • 1 year/$0.3125M (2002)
  • agent: Damon Lapa
  • ML service: 9.016 (through 2008)

Kenny Lofton of
1 year/$6M (2007)

  • 1 year/$6M (2007)
    • signed as a free agent 12/13/06
    • award bonuses: $0.1M for MVP, $50,000 each for All Star selection or WS MVP, $25,000 each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger or LCS MVP
    • one-time assignment bonus of $0.1M if traded
    • acquired in trade from Texas 7/27/07
  • 1 year/$3.85M (2006)

    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • $0.35M signing bonus, 06:$3.5M
    • $0.15M in performance bonuses
      • $50,000 each for 350, 400, 450 PAs
  • 2 years/$6.2M (2004-05)
    • 04:$3.1M, 05:$3.1M
    • Phillies received $1.525M cash from Yankees in trade for Lofton
    • signed as a free agent 12/03
  • 1 year/$1.025M (2003)
  • 1 year/$1.025M (2002)
  • agent: Casey Close
  • ML service: 16.023

Raul Mondesi of
1 year/$1M (2005)

  • 1 year/$1M (2005)
    • signed as a free agent 1/05
    • $0.7M in performance bonuses
    • DFA 5/05
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2004)
    • signed as a free agent 2/04
    • 04:$1.15M, 05:$8M club option ($0.6M buyout)
    • contract terminated 5/04
  • 6 years/$60M (1998-2003)
    • 98:$5M, 99:$8.5M, 00:$9.5M, 01:$11M, 02:$11M club option (picked up), 03:$13M club option (picked up)
  • agent: Jeff Moorad
  • ML service: 10.155

Tim Salmon of
1 year/$0.4M (2006)

  • 1 year/$0.4M (2006)
    • re-signed 11/05 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 4/06
  • 4 years/$40M (2002-05)
    • $2M signing bonus
    • 02:$9.25M, 03:$9.5M, 04:$9.5M, 05:$9.75M
    • no-trade clause
  • 4 years/$22.5M (1998-2001)
  • agent: Ted Updike
  • ML service: 12.045 (through 2004)

Matt Stairs lf-rf
1 year/$0.85M (2011)

  • 1 year/$0.85M (2011)
    • signed by Washington as a free agent 12/14/10 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.85M salary in majors
    • contract purchased by Washington 3/30/11
    • DFA by Washington 7/27/11, released 8/1/11
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2010)
    • signed by San Diego as a free agent 1/25/10 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by San Diego 4/4/10
  • 2 years/$3.25M (2008-09)

    • re-signed by Toronto as a free agent 11/2/07
    • $1.25M signing bonus
    • 08:$1M, 09:$1M
    • performance bonuses based on PAs
    • acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Toronto 8/28/08 after being claimed on trade waivers
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2007)
    • signed by Toronto as a free agent 12/06 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by Toronto 3/07
  • 1 year/$1.35M (2006)
    • signed extension with Kansas City 9/05
    • performance bonus: $50,000 for 400 PAs
    • acquired by Texas in trade from Kansas City 7/06
    • claimed by Detroit off waivers from Texas 9/06
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2005)
    • signed extension with Kansas City 9/04
  • 1 year/$1M (2004)
    • signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/03
    • performance bonus: $0.1M for 375 PAs
  • 1 year/$0.9M (2003)
    • signed by Pittsburgh 12/02
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2002) (Milwaukee)
  • 1 year/$3.2M (2001) (Chicago Cubs)
  • signed 1989 as an amateur free agent
  • agent: Bob Garber
  • ML service: 15.077

Shannon Stewart of
1 year/$1.5M (2008)

  • 1 year/$1.5M (2008)
    • signed as a free agent 2/24/08 (minor-league contract)
    • performance bonus: $0.25M for 400 PAs
    • contract purchased 3/30/08
    • released by Toronto 8/11/08
  • 1 year/$1M (2007)
    • signed as a free agent 2/07
    • $1.5M in performance bonuses: $0.2M for 200 PAs, $0.1M each for 220, 245, 265, 290, 310, 335, 355, 380, 400, 425, 450, 475 & 500 PAs
    • award bonus: $0.2M for Comeback Player of the Year
  • 3 years/$18M (2004-06)
    • re-signed as a free agent 12/03
    • 04:$5.5M, 05:$6M, 06:$6.5M
  • 1 year/$6.25M (2003), avoided arbitration 2/03 ($7.5M-$5.5M)
    • $25,000 bonus for 4th-place finish in 2003 AL MVP vote
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2002), avoided arbitration 1 /02
  • agents: Scott Shapiro, Barry Praver
  • ML service: 10.121

Larry Walker of
6 years/$75M (2000-05), plus 2006 club option

  • 6 years/$75M (2000-05), plus 2006 club option

    • signed extension with Colorado 2000
    • 00:$12M, 01:$12M, 02:$12.5M, 03:$12.5M, 04:$12.5M, 05:$12.5M, 06:$15M club option ($1M buyout)
    • $6M/year of 2001-03 salaries deferred until after 2005
    • complete no-trade clause (waived 8/04)
    • 2006 option added 3/01
    • acquired by St. Louis in trade from Colorado 8/04 ($17.667M left on contract: $4.167M in 04, $12.5M due in 05, $1M due 06), with Colorado paying $8.5M, including $6.75M of 2005 salary
    • St. Louis declined $15M 2006 club option 11/05
  • agent: Pat Rooney
  • ML service: 16.045

Pitchers

Kevin Appier rhp
1 year (2006)

  • 1 year/$0.5M (2005)

    • $0.5M in performance bonuses
    • retired 4/05
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2004), re-signed 11/03
  • 4 years/$42M (2001-04)
    • $2M signing bonus
    • 01:$8M, 02:$9M, 03:$11M, 04:$12M
    • released 7/03
  • agents: Jeff Borris, Dan Horwitz
  • ML service: 14.024 (through 2004)

Kris Benson rhp
1 year/$0.65M (2010)

  • 1 year/$0.65M (2010)
    • signed by Arizona as a free agent 3/15/10 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.65M salary in majors
    • performance bonuses
    • contract purchased by Arizona 4/17/10
    • retired 1/11
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2009)
    • signed by Texas as a free agent 2/21/09 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.75M in majors
    • performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 100, 110, 120, 130, 140 IP; $0.1M for 150 IP; $0.125M each for 160, 170, 180, 190 IP; $0.15M for 200 IP
    • roster bonuses for days on 25-man roster: $50,000 each for 30, 60, 90, 120, 140, 160 days
    • award bonuses
    • contract purchased by Texas 4/5/09
    • sent outright to AAA by Texas 6/9/09
  • 1 year (2008)
    • signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 2/13/08 (minor-league contract paying $25,000 per month with out clause if not on Major League roster by March 25)
    • deal re-worked 3/27/08, paying $75,000 per month with out clauses:
      • if not on Major League roster and pitches more than 10 innings by May 15, or
      • if not on Major League roster by June 1
    • released by Philadelphia 8/30/08
  • 3 years/$22.5M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option

    • re-signed by NY Mets as a free agent 11/04
    • $2.5M signing bonus
    • 05:$4.5M, 06:$7.5M, 07:$7.5M, 08:$7.5M club option ($0.5M buyout)
    • acquired by Baltimore in trade from NY Mets 1/06
    • Baltimore declined $7.5M 2008 option 11/1/07
  • 4 years/$13.8M (2001-04)
    • $0.2M signing bonus
    • 01:$0.6M, 02:$2.65M, 03:$4.25M, 04:$6.1M
    • performance bonuses: $0.75M in 2003, $1.1M in 2004
    • acquired by NY Mets in trade from Pittsburgh 7/04
  • drafted by Pittsburgh 1996 (1-1)
  • agent: Gregg Clifton
  • ML service: 9.000 (through 2008)

Doug Brocail rhp
1 year/$2.75M (2009), plus 2010 club option

  • 1 year/$2.5M (2009), plus 2010 club option
    • re-signed by Houston as a free agent 12/2/08
    • 09:$2.5M, 10:$2.85M club option ($0.25M buyout)
    • contract also includes performance bonuses
    • Houston declined 2010 option 10/30/09
    • retired 1/10
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2008), plus 2009 club option

    • signed by Houston as a free agent 11/27/07
    • 08:$2.5M, 09:$3.25M club option ($0.25M buyout)
    • performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 25, 35 games; $75,000 each for 45, 55 games
    • award bonuses: $25,ooo each for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger; $50,000 each for LCS, WS MVP; $0.1M for Rolaids award ($50,000 for 2nd place, $25,000 for 3rd)
    • Houston declined $3.25M 2009 option 10/1/08
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2007)
    • re-signed 12/06
  • 1 year/$1M (2006)
    • re-signed 12/05
  • 1 year/$1M (2005)
    • re-signed 11/04
  • agent: Barry Meister
  • ML service: 15.134 (through 2009)

Kevin Brown rhp
7 years/$105M (1999-2005)

  • $5M signing bonus
  • 99:$10M, 00-05:$15M/year
  • agent: Scott Boras
  • ML service: 16.051

Darren Dreifort p
5 years/$55M (2001-05)

  • $2M signing bonus
  • 01:$9M, 02:$9M, 03:$11M, 04:$11M, 05:$13M
  • disability insurance could cover as much as 80% of Dreifort’s 2005 salary
  • agent: Scott Boras
  • ML service: 10.086

Scott Eyrelhp
1 year/$2M (2009)

  • 1 year/$2M (2009)
    • re-signed by Philadelphia 11/12/08
    • retired 1/10
  • 3 years/$11M (2006-08)
    • signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 11/05
    • $1M signing bonus
    • 06:$2.7M, 07:$3.5M, 08:$3.8M player option
    • annual performance bonuses: $0.1M for 70 g, $0.2M for 80 g, additional bonuses as closer
    • full no-trade clause for 2006
    • limited no-trade clause 2007-08 (may block trades to 10 clubs)
    • exercised player option 11/07
    • acquired by Philadelphia in trade from Chicago Cubs 8/7/08 after being DFA by Chicago 8/5/08
  • 2 years/$2.45M (2004-05)

    • $50,000 signing bonus
    • 04:0.975M, 05:$1.425M
    • $0.27M in performance bonuses
  • 1 year/$0.725M (2003) re-signed 12/02
  • agent: Tommy Tanzer
  • ML service: 10.088 (through 2009)

Jeff Fassero p
1 year/$0.75M (2006)

  • 1 year/$0.75M (2006)
    • re-signed 10/05
    • DFA 5/06
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2005)
    • signed as a free agent 1/05 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 4/05
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2004)
  • ML service: 14.135

Eric Gagne rhp
1 year (2010)

  • 1 year (2010)
    • signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 2/18/10 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.5M salary in majors
    • $0.5M in performance bonuses based on games, games finished
    • released by LA Dodgers 3/22/10, retired 4/10
  • 1 year (2009)
    • re-signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 2/17/09 (minor-league contract)
    • $1.5M salary on Major League roster
    • performance bonuses: $2M based on 25-60 games, $1M based on 50-65 games finished
    • Gagne may opt out of deal if not on 40-man roster at end of Spring Training
    • released by Milwaukee 3/8/09
  • 1 year/$10M (2008)
    • signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 12/07
    • performance bonuses: $0.25M each for 50, 55, 60, 65 games finished
  • 1 year/$6M (2007)
    • signed by Texas as a free agent 12/06
    • performance bonuses based on games finished: $75,000 for 3 GF, $0.1M for 6 GF, $0.15M each for 10, 13 & 16 GF, $0.175M for 20, 23, 26 GF, $0.2M each for 30, 33 & 36 GF, $0.25M each for 40, 43 & 46 GF, $0.5M each for 50, 53, 56 GF, $0.333M each for 60, 63 GF, $0.334M for 66 GF
    • award bonuses: $0.25M for Rolaids award ($0.2M for placing 2nd, $0.15M for 3rd, $0.1M for 4th, $50,000 for 5th), $0.1M for Cy Young ($75,000 for placing 2nd, $50,000 for 3rd), $0.1M for MVP or Comeback Player of the Year, $50,000 each for WS MVP or All Star selection $25,000 each for LCS MVP or Gold Glove
    • no-trade protection
    • perks: hotel suite on road
    • acquired by Boston in trade from Texas 7/31/07, with Gagne waiving his no-trade clause in exchange for $2.5M in performance bonuses being guaranteed (Boston to pay $2.1M, Texas to pay $0.4M)
  • 2 years/$19M (2005-06), plus 2007 club option
    • signed extension with LA Dodgers 1/05
    • 05:$8M, 06:$10M, 07:$12M club option ($1M buyout)
    • Gagne may void the 2007 option & take a $0.25M buyout (increases to $0.65M with 50 GF in 2005 or 2006 & increases to $1M with 50 GF in both 2005 & 2006)
    • LA Dodgers declined $12M 2007 option 11/06
  • 1 year/$5M (2004)
    • lost arbitration with LA Dodgers 2/04 ($8M-$5M)
  • 1 year/$0.55M (2003)

    • re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/03 (2 years, 119 days of service was 18 days short of qualifying for arbitration as a Super 2)
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2002)
  • agent: Scott Boras
  • ML service: 8.119 (through 2009)

Jason Grimsley rhp
1 year/$0.825M (2006)

  • 1 year/$0.825M (2006)
    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • released by Arizona 6/06 (remaining 2006 salary of $527,490 donated to 4 charities under settlement agreement between Grimsley & Diamondbacks)
  • 1 year/$2M (2005)
    • signed extension 6/04 as part of trade
  • 1 year/$1M (2004)
    • signed as a free agent 12/03
    • $0.35M in performance bonuses
    • agreed to trade 6/04, receiving $0.4M buyout of no-trade clause & signing a 1 year/$2M extension for 2005
  • 2 years/$3.9M (2002-03)
    • 02:$1.9M, 03:$2M
  • 1 year (2001) (minor-league contract)
  • agent: Joe Bick
  • ML service: 10.149

Mike Hampton lhp
1 year (2011)

  • 1 year (2011)
    • re-signed by Arizona as a free agent 12/8/10 (minor-league contract)
    • retired 3/26/11
  • 1 year (2010)
    • signed by Arizona as a free agent 8/21/10 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by Arizona 9/3/10
  • 1 year/$2M (2009)
    • signed by Houston as a free agent 12/3/08
    • $2M in performance bonuses
  • 8 years/$121M (2001-08), plus 2009 club option

    • $20M signing bonus ($1M to charity, $19M deferred to 2009-18 at 3% interest)
    • 01:$8M, 02:$8.5M, 03:$11M, 04:$12M, 05:$12.5M, 06:$13.5M, 07:$14.5M, 08:$15M, 09:$20M club option ($6M buyout)
    • award bonuses: $0.15M (WS MVP), $0.1M (CY, LCS MVP), $50,000 (2-5 CY vote), $25,000 (All Star, Gold Glove Silver Slugger)
    • acquired by Atlanta 11/02 in trade with Colorado & Florida:
      • Colorado to pay $49M ($20M signing bonus, $8M in 2001, $8.5M in 2002, $2M in 2003, $2M in 2004, $2.5M in 2005, and $6M for 2009 buyout, which was converted to a signing bonus 11/02, eliminating club option)
      • Florida to pay $23.5M ($7M of 2003 salary, $8M in 2004, $8.5M in 2005
      • Atlanta to pay $48.5M ($2M of 2003 salary, $2M in 2004, $1.5M in 2005, $13.5M in 2006, $14.5M in 2007, $15M in 2008)
  • 3 years/$12M (1998-2000)
  • agent: Mark Rodgers
  • ML service: 16.104 (through 2010)

Shigetoshi Hasegawa p
2 years/$6.3M (2004-05), plus 2006 club option

  • 2 years/$6.3M (2004-05), plus 2006 club option

    • re-signed as a free agent 12/03
    • $0.5M signing bonus
    • 04:$2.5M, 05:$2.975M, 06:$3.1M club option ($0.325M buyout)
    • 2006 option vests with 58 g or 45 GF in 05
    • $2.7M annually in performance bonuses (GF)
    • award bonus: $50,000 for All Star selection
    • Seattle declined 2006 option 11/05
    • retired 1/06
  • 1 year/$1.8M (2003)
    • re-signed 11/03
  • 1 year/$2M (2002), plus 2003 club option
    • $2.5M club option for 2003 declined
  • agent: Gregg Clifton (formerly Ed Kleven)
  • ML service: 8.000

Rick Helling p
1 year/$0.85M (2006)

  • 1 year/$0.85M (2006)

    • re-signed 11/05
    • retired 2/07
  • 1 year (2005)
    • signed as a free agent 1/05 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 7/05
  • 1 year/$1M (2003)
    • $1M in performance bonuses
  • 1 year/$3M (2002), plus $6.5M 2003 mutual option
    • $2M in performance bonuses
  • agent: Greg Genske
  • ML service: 8.035 (through 2005)

Orlando Hernandez rhp
1 year (2009)

  • 1 year (2009)
    • signed by Texas as a free agent 6/15/09 (minor-league contract)
    • released by Texas 7/17/09
  • 2 years/$12M (2007-08)
    • re-signed by NY Mets as a free agent 11/06
    • $1M signing bonus
    • 07:$4.5M, 08:$6.5M
    • performance bonuses: $0.225M each for 150, 160, 170, 180 & 190 IP
    • perks: suite on road
    • awards: $0.1M for Cy Young ($25,000 for 2nd, $10,000 for 3rd), $0.1M for WS MVP, $50,000 for All Star, $25,000 each for Gold Glove, LCS/LDS MVP
  • 2 years/$8M (2005-06)
    • signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 12/04
    • 05:$3.5M, 06:$4.5M
    • $1.5M in bonuses in 2005, $2.5M in bonuses in 2006
    • acquired by Arizona in trade from Chicago White Sox 12/05
    • acquired by NY Mets in trade from Arizona 5/06
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2004)
    • signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 3/04
  • 1 year/$4.1M (2003)
    • re-signed 1/03 (avoided arbitration, $4.5M-$4M)
    • acquired by Montreal in three-way trade with Yankees, White Sox 1/03
  • 1 year/$3.2M (2002)
    • re-signed by Yankees 1/02 (avoided arbitration, $3.55M-$3M)
  • 4 years/$6.6M (1998-2001)
    • signed by NY Yankees as an amateur free agent
    • 98:$0.75M, 99:$1.85M, 00:$1.95M, 01:$2.05M, 02:$3.2M
  • agent: Greg Genske
  • ML service: 9.117 (through 2008)

Jason Isringhausen rhp
1 year (2010)

  • 1 year (2010)
    • signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 7/22/10 (minor-league contract)
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2009)
    • signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 2/20/09 (minor-league contract)
    • performance bonuses:

      • games: $0.15M for 40 g; $0.2M for 45 g; $0.3M each for 50, 55 g; $0.5M for 60 g
      • games finished: $0.15M for 45 GF; $0.15M each for 50, 55 GF; $0.25M for 60 GF; $0.3M for 65 GF
    • award bonuses: $25,000 each for All Star, LCS MVP; $50,000 for WS MVP, Comeback Player of Year; $0.1M for Rolaids or Cy Young ($80,000 for 2nd in vote, $60,000 for 3rd, $40,000 for 4th, $20,000 for 5th)
    • contract selected by Tampa Bay 4/1/09
  • 3 years/$25.75M (2005-07), plus 2008 club option
    • signed re-worked extension with St. Louis 2/05
    • 05:$7M, 06:$8.75M, 07:$8.75M, 08:$8M club option ($1.25M buyout)
    • St. Louis exercised 2008 option 10/5/07
    • award bonuses: $0.15M for WS MVP; $0.1M each for LCS MVP, Rolaids ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 for 3rd), Cy Young ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 for 3rd); $50,000 for All Star
    • no-trade protection
    • perks: suite on road
  • 4 years/$27M (2002-05), plus 2006 club option
    • signed as a free agent 1/02
    • $2M signing bonus
    • 02:$2.25M, 03:$6.75M, 04:$7.25M, 05:$7.75M, 06:$8M club option ($1M buyout)
    • no-trade protection
    • award bonuses: $0.15M for WS MVP; $0.1M each for LCS MVP, Rolaids ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 for 3rd), Cy Young ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 for 3rd); $50,000 for All Star
    • deal reworked 1/03, reducing 2003 salary to $4.75M, increasing 2005 salary to $9.75M, increasing buyout of 2006 option to $1.1M, and giving Isringhausen a suite on the road
    • deal reworked 2/04, reducing 2004 salary to $5M, and increasing 2005 salary to $12,112,500
  • 1 year/$3.3M (2001) (Oakland)
  • drafted 1991 (44-1,157)
  • agent: Dan Horwits, Beverly Hills Sports Council
  • ML service: 14.031 (through 2009)

Todd Jones rhp
1 year/$7M (2008)

  • 1 year/$7M (2008)
    • re-signed by Detroit as a free agent 11/12/07
  • 2 years/$11M (2006-07)
    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • 06:$6M, 07:$5M
    • undisclosed amount deferred each season, 2006-07
  • 1 year/$1.1M (2005), signed as a free agent 12/04
  • 1 year/$0.45M (2004), signed as a free agent 3/04 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.3M in performance bonuses in 2004
  • 1 year/$1.3M (2002), plus $3M 2003 club option (picked up 10/02)
    • 02:$1M, 03:$3M club option ($0.3M buyout)
    • signed as a free agent 1/02
  • agents: Hendricks brothers
  • ML service: 14.089 (through 2007)

Steve Karsay p
1 year/$0.6M (2006)

  • 1 year/$0.6M (2006)

    • signed as a free agent 12/05 (minor-league contract)
    • may earn up to $1.7M for 68 appearances
    • may earn up to $0.75M for 50 games finished
    • contract purchased after being acquired in trade 5/06
  • 1 year (2005) (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 8/05
    • signed as a free agent 5/05 (minor-league contract)
  • 4 years/$22.25M (2002-05), plus $6.5M 2006 club option

    • released (by NY Yankees) 5/05
    • $4M signing bonus
    • 02:$3M, 03:$4M, 04:$5M, 05:$5M, 06:$6.5M club option ($1.25M buyout)
  • agents: Hendricks brothers
  • ML service: 10.025 (through 2005)

Joe Kennedy p
1 year/$2.8M (2007)

  • 1 year/$2.8M (2007)
    • re-signed 1/07 (avoided arbitration)
    • claimed off waivers from Oakland 8/4/07
    • DFA by Arizona 8/15/07
    • contract purchased 9/2/07
  • 1 year/$2.4M (2006)
    • re-signed 12/05
    • $0.35M in performance bonues
  • 1 year/$2.2M (2005)
    • re-signed 1/05
    • $0.125M in performance bonuses (IP)
  • 1 year/$0.32M (2004)
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003)
  • 1 year/$0.225M (2002) 2/02
  • agents: Lapa & Leventhal, All Bases Covered Sports Management (previously represented by BHSC)
  • ML service: 5.122

Al Leiter lhp
1 year/$1.5M (2006)

  • 1 year/$1.5M (2006)
    • signed as a free agent 1/06 (minor-league contract)
    • retired 3/06
  • 1 year/$8M (2005)
    • signed as a free agent 12/04
    • $7M to Leiter, $1M to charity
  • 2 years/$18M (2003-04)
    • re-signed 7/02
    • 03:$8M, 04:$8M, 05:$10M mutual option ($2M buyout)
    • $2M/year in performance bonuses
    • option declined 11/04
  • 4 years/$32M (1999-2002)
    • $9M signing bonus (payable 10/99-7/02)
    • 99:$3M, 00:$5.5M, 01:$7.5M, 02:$7M
  • agents: Hendricks brothers
  • ML service: 14.067

Cory Lidle rhp
2 years/$6.3M (2005-06)

  • 2 years/$6.3M (2005-06)

    • re-signed as free agent 11/04
    • 05:$3M, 06:$3.3M
  • 1 year/$2.75M (2004)
    • signed as free agent 12/03
  • 2 years/$7.6M (2002-03)
    • re-signed 1/02 (avoided arbitration)
    • $0.5M signing bonus
    • 02:$2.3M, 03:$4.8M
  • agent: Jordan Feagan
  • ML service: 8.100

Braden Looperrhp
1 year (2011)

  • 1 year (2011)

    • signed by Chicago Cubs as a free agent 1/27/11 (minor-league contract)
    • retired 3/25/10
  • 1 year/$4.75M (2009), plus 2010 option

    • signed by Milwaukee as a free agent 2/13/09
    • 09:$4.75M, 10:$6M option
    • 2010 option increases to $6.5M with 30 starts in 2009
    • $0.75M in performance bonuses (starts 19-30)
    • if club exercises 2010 option, Looper may decline (no buyout)
    • if club declines 2010 option, Looper receives a $0.75M buyout ($1M with 30 starts or 180 IP in 2009)
    • Milwaukee declined 2010 option 11/13/09
  • 3 years/$13.5M (2006-08)

    • signed by St. Louis as a free agent 12/05
    • 06:$3.5M, 07:$4.5M, 08:$5.5M
    • $1M annually in performance bonuses (GF & other categories)
  • 2 years/$6.75M (2004-05), plus 2006 club option

    • $2M signing bonus
    • 04:$1M, 05:$3.5M, 06:$5M club option ($0.25M buyout)
    • NY Mets declined $5.5M 2006 option 10/05
    • may earn $3.5M in performance bonuses, 2004-05
    • escalators may increase option value
    • signed as a free agent 1 /04
  • 3 years/$2.6M (2001-03)
    • 01:$0.4M, 02:$0.8M, 03:$1.4M
    • $2.9M in performance bonuses
  • drafted 1996 (1-3)
  • $1.675M signing bonus
  • agent: Hendricks Sports
  • ML service: 11.012 (through 2010)

Gil Meche rhp
5 years/$55M (2007-11)

  • 5 years/$55M (2007-11)

    • signed by Kansas City as a free agent 12/06
    • $2M signing bonus
    • 07:$7M, 08:$11M, 09:$11M, 10:$12M, 11:$12M
    • no-trade clause 2007-09, limited no-trade clause 2010, none in 2011
    • award bonuses: $0.1M for WS MVP, $0.1M for MVP ($50,000 for 2nd-5th), $0.1M for Cy Young ($50,000 for 2nd-5th), $50,000 for Gold Glove, LCS MVP or All Star selection
    • retired 1/18/11
  • 1 year/$3.7M (2006)

    • re-signed by Seattle 1/06 (avoided arbitration, $4.2M-$3.35M)
    • performance bonuses: $25,000 for 190 IP, $50,000 for 200 IP, $75,000 each for 210, 220 IP
  • 1 year/$2.535M (2005)
    • re-signed by Seattle 1/05 (avoided arbitration)
  • 1 year/$1.95M (2004)
    • re-signed by Seattle 1 /04 (avoided arbitration)
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2003)
  • agent: Casey Close
  • ML service: 9.029 (through 2009)

Matt Morris rhp
3 years/$27M (2006-08), plus 2009 club option

  • 3 years/$27M (2006-08), plus 2009 club option

    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • $2M signing bonus (paid at end of contract)
    • 06:$5M, 07:$9.5M, 08:$9.5M, 09:$9M club option ($1M buyout)
    • escalators may raise 2009 club option to as much as $11M
    • acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from SF 7/31/07
    • released by Pittsburgh 4/27/08
    • retired 4/30/08
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2005)

    • re-signed as free agent 12/04
    • $4.5M in performance bonuses
    • earned $6.25M in 2005, including bonuses
  • 3 years/$27M (2002-04) (negotiated without agent)
    • 02:$4M, 03:$10.5M, 04:$12.5M
    • $2M in performance bonuses
  • 1 year/$1.2M (2001)
  • agent: Barry Axelrod
  • ML service: 11.000

Mark Mulder lhp
2 years/$13M (2007-08), plus 2009 club option

  • retired 2010
  • 2 years/$13M (2007-08), plus 2009 club option

    • re-signed by St. Louis as a free agent 1/07
    • 07:$5M, 08:$6.5M, 09:$11M club option ($1.5M buyout)
    • performance bonuses:
      • 2007: $6.525M based on GS, up to 35 GS (added to 2008 base)
      • 2008: $3.75M
    • 2009 option may increase to match base & bonuses earned in 2008
  • 4 years/$14.2M (2002-05), plus $7.25M 2006 option
    • $0.2M signing bonus
    • 02:$0.75M, 03:$2.6M, 04:$4.4M, 05:$6M, 06:$7.25M club option ($0.25M buyout) (vests 615 IP 2003-05) (vested at $7.75M 9/05)
    • bonuses may increase total value to $23.45M over 5 years
      • $1M in bonuses for 2005 (to 2005 salary of $7M)
      • $1M in bonuses for 2006 club option
    • 2003-2005 salaries were service class records at the time of signing
    • award bonus: $50,000 for All Star selection
    • signed extension 9/01
  • drafted 1998 (1-2), $3.2M signing bonus
  • agent: Gregg Clifton
  • ML service: 7.167 (through 2008)

Terry Mulholland lhp
1 year/$0.8M (2006)

  • 1 year/$0.8M (2006)
    • signed as a free agent 1/06 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 4/06
    • waived by Arizona 6/06
  • 1 year (2005)
    • signed as a free agent 12/04 (minor-league contract)
  • 1 year/$0.5M (2003)
    • $0.7M in performance bonuses
  • 2 years/$6M (2001-02)
    • $0.5M signing bonus
    • 01:$2.5M, 02:$3M
  • 2 years/$5.9M (1999-2000)
  • agent: Joe Bick
  • ML service: 17.155

Robb Nen rhp
2 years/$16.3M (2001-02), plus 2003-04 options

  • 2 years/$16.3M (2001-02), plus 2003-04 options

    • $0.6M signing bonus
    • 01:$6.3M, 02:$8M, 03:$8.6M club option, 04:$9M player option ($2M buyout)
    • SF exercised $8.6M option 11/02
    • Nen exercised $9M player option 11/03
    • retired 2/05
  • agent: Scott Boras
  • ML service: 11.000

Troy Percival rhp
2 years/$8M (2008-09)

  • 2 years/$8M (2008-09)
    • signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 12/1/07
    • 08:$4M, 09:$4M, plus escalators earned in 2008 ($4.445M)
    • $0.5M of 2008 salary deferred at 3% simple interest
    • 2009 salary increases by following earned in 2008:

 

  • $75,000 for 35 GF (met), $80,000 for 38 GF (met), $0.1M for 42 GF, $0.11M for 45 GF, $0.115M for 48 GF, $0.125M for 52 GF, $0.145M for 55 GF
  • $50,000 each for 35, 38 g (met); $60,000 each for 42, 45 g (met); $70,000 each for 48, 52 g (one met); $75,000 for 55 g, $90,000 for 58 g, $0.1M for 62 g, $0.125M for 65 g

 

  • $0.5M one-time assignment bonus if traded
  • vintage automobile
  • performance bonuses:

 

 

  • $75,000 for 35 GF, $50,000 for 38 GF, $65,000 for 42 GF, $0.11M for 45 GF, $0.125M for 48 GF, $0.15M for 52 GF, $0.175M for 55 GF
  • $50,000 for 35 g, $30,000 for 38 g, $40,000 for 42 g, $50,000 for 45 g, $60,000 for 48 g, $70,000 for 52 g, $90,000 for 55 g, $0.105M for 58 g, $0.115M for 62 g, $0.14M for 65 g

 

  • award bonuses: $25,000 for Gold Glove, All Star, LCS MVP; $50,000 for MVP, WS MVP; $0.1M for Cy Young or Rolaids ($80,000 for 2nd, $60,000 for 3rd, $40,000 for 4th, $20,000 for 5th)
  • retired 2009

 

 

  • 1 year/$0.6M (2007)
  • signed as a free agent 6/8/07 (minor-league contract)
  • $0.1M signing bonus, 07:$0.5M
  • may earn additional $1.7M in performance bonuses based on:
    • appearances ($1.2M, receiving full amount for 30 g), and
    • games finished ($0.5M, receiving full amount for 30 GF)
  • contract purchased 6/26/07
  • 2 years/$12M (2005-06)
  • signed as a free agent 11/04
  • 05:$6M, 06:$6M
  • 2 years/$16M (2003-04)
  • $1M signing bonus
  • 03:$7.5M, 04:$7.5M
  • limited no-trade clause barring deals to NYM, NYY, TOR & MON
  • signed extension 2/02

 

  • agent: Paul Cohen
  • ML service: 14.097

 

Sidney Ponson rhp
1 year/$0.6M (2009)

  • 1 year (2009)
    • signed by Kansas City as a free agent 3/17/08 (minor-league contract, $0.6M in majors)
    • DFA by Kansas City 8/2/09, released 8/12/09
  • 1 year(2008)
    • signed by Texas as a free agent 3/9/08 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by Texas 4/26/08
    • signed by NY Yankees as a free agent 6/18/08 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by Yankees 6/27/08
  • 1 year/$1M (2007)

    • signed as a free agent 1/07 (minor-league contract)
    • may earn additional $2M in performance bonuses
    • contract purchased 3/07, DFA by Minnesota 5/13/07
  • 1 year/$1M (2006), plus $1.5M in incentives

    • DFA. released (by NY Yankees) 8/06
    • signed as a free agent 7/06 (Yankees to pay pro-rated portion of $0.327M Major League minimum, with St. Louis paying the rest of $1M salary)
    • DFA, released (by St. Louis) 7/06
    • signed as a free agent 12/05
    • $1.5M in bonuses ($0.3M each for 24, 26, 28, 30, 32 GS)
    • no-trade clause
    • contract with Baltimore terminated 9/05 (placed on unconditional release waivers, grievance pending)
  • 3 years/$22.5M (2004-06), signed as a free agent 1/04
    • $3M signing bonus
    • 04:$2M, 05:$7.5M, 06:$10M
    • limited no-trade clause (may block trades to 10 clubs in 2005)
  • 1 year/$4.25M (2003)
  • signed 1993 as amateur free agent from Aruba
  • agent: Barry Praver
  • ML service: 9.056 (through 2007)

Paul Quantrill p
2005

  • 1 year (2005)

    • signed as a free agent 9/05
    • released by San Diego 9/05 after by DFA 8/05
    • retired 3/06
  • 2 years/$6.4M (2004-05), plus $3.6M 2006 club option)
    • DFA 6/05 (by NY Yankees)
    • 04:$3M, 05:$3M, 06:$3.6M club option ($0.4M buyout) (declined 10/04)
  • 3 years/$9.6M (2002-04), signed extension 8/01
    • $1M signing bonus
    • 02:$2.5M, 03:$3M, 04:$3.1M
  • ML service: 12.018

Brad Radke rhp
2 years/$18M (2005-06)

  • 2 years/$18M (2005-06)

    • re-signed as a free agent 12/04
    • 05:$9M, 06:$9M
    • no-trade clause
  • 4 years/$36M (2001-04)
    • $3M bonus payable 03-04
    • 01:$7M, 02:$8M, 03:$8M, 04:$10M
    • no-trade clause 2002-04
  • agent: Ron Simon
  • ML service: 11.000

Kirk Rueter p
2 years/$12M (2004-05)

  • 2 years/$12M (2004-05)

    • $3M signing bonus ($1M to be paid annually, 03-05)
    • 04:$4M, 05:$5M
    • DFA 8/05
    • retired 3/06
  • 3 years/$15.6M (2001-03)
    • $3.35M signing bonus (paid over 3 years)
    • 01:$3.75M, 02:$3.75M, 03:$4.75M
  • agent: CSMG
  • ML service: 10.124

Russ Springer rhp
1 year (2010)

  • 1 year (2010)
    • signed by Cincinnati as a free agent 7/14/10 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased by Cincinnati 8/2/10
    • retire 1/11
  • 1 year/$3.3M (2009)
    • signed by Oakland as a free agent 1/29/09
    • performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 35, 45, 52, 57, 62, 67 games
    • award bonuses: $50,000 each for All Star, LCS MVP; $0.1M each for Gold Glove, WS MVP; $0.1M each for MVP, Cy Young, Rolaids award ($75,000 for 2nd in vote, $50,000 for 3rd)
    • claimed by Tampa Bay off waivers from Oakland 8/8/09
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2008)
    • re-signed by St. Louis 10/10/07
  • 1 year/$1.75M (2007)
    • signed as a free agent 12/06
    • performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 35, 40, 45, 50, 55 g
    • award bonuses: $0.1M for Rolaids award ($50,000 for 2nd place, $25,000 for 3rd), $50,000 each for All Star selection, Gold Glove, LDS, LCS or WS MVP
  • 1 year/$0.75M (2006)
    • re-signed as a free agent 11/05
  • 1 year (2005)

    • re-signed as a free agent 12/04 (minor-league contract)
    • contract purchased 4/05
  • agent: Hendricks Sports
  • ML service: 14.128 (through 2009)

Todd Stottlemyre p
4 years/$32M (1999-2002)

  • retired 10/02
  • approximately 40 percent of salary deferred

Mike Timlin rhp
1 year (2009)

  • 1 year (2009)
    • signed by Colorado as a free agent 7/29/09 (minor-league contract)
    • released by Colorado 8/09
  • 1 year/$3M (2008)
    • re-signed by Boston 12/07
    • award bonuses: $50,000 each for LCS MVP, All Star; $0.1M for WS MVP; $0.1M for MVP ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 for 3rd), $0.15M for Cy Young ($0.1M for 2nd, $75,000 for 3rd), $0.15M for Rolaids ($0.1M for 2nd, $75,000 for 3rd, $50,000 for 4th or 5th)
  • 1 year/$2.8M (2007)
    • re-signed 10/06
    • performance bonuses: $0.125M each for 39, 50, 60 & 70 g, $75,000 for 25, 30 GF, $0.1M each for 35, 40 & 45 GF, $0.25M each for 50 & 55 GF
    • award bonuses: $0.15M for Rolaids award ($0.1M for 2nd, $75,000 for 3rd, $50,000 for 4th or 5th), $0.15M for Cy Young ($0.1M for 2nd, $75,000 for 3rd), $0.1M for MVP ($50,000 for 2nd, $25,000 for 3rd), $0.1M for WS MVP, $50,000 each for All Star, LCS MVP, Gold Glove
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2006)
    • re-signed 11/05
    • $0.75M deferred at 0% interest
  • 1 year/$2.5M (2004), plus $2.75M 2005 club option ($0.25M buyout)
    • 2005 option vested with 50 g in 2004 & not being on DL at end of 04
    • performance bonuses for GF
    • re-signed as a free agent 11/03
  • 1 year/$0.85M (2003)
    • signed 12/02
    • $0.9M in performance bonuses
  • 4 years/$16M (1998-02)
  • agents: Levinson brothers
  • ML service: 18.000 (through 2008)

Salomon Torres rhp
2 years/$6.5M (2007-08), plus 2009 club option

  • 2 years/$6.5M (2007-08), plus 2009 club option

    • signed extension 4/06
    • $0.4M signing bonus
    • 07:$2.6M, 08:$3.2M, 09:$3.75M club option ($0.3M buyout)
    • $0.9M in performance bonuses
    • acquired by Milwaukee in trade from Pittsburgh 12/7/07
    • retired 11/08
    • Milwaukee exercised 2009 option 11/13/08
  • 2 years/$2.6M (2005-06)

    • re-signed 11/04
    • $0.2M signing bonus
    • 05:$1M, 06:$1.4M
    • $25,000 for 30 GF in 2005, $35,000 for 35 GF, $45,000 for 40 GF, $55,000 for 45 GF, $65,000 for 50 GF, $75,000 for 55 GF
  • 1 year/$0.775M (2004), 12/03
  • 1 year/$0.325M (2003)
  • ML service: 7.129

Derrick Turnbow rhp
1 year (2010)

  • 1 year (2010)
    • signed by Florida as a free agent 1/29/10 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.6M in majors
    • $50,000 in performance bonuses
  • 1 year (2009)

    • signed by Texas as a free agent 12/31/08 (minor-league contract)
    • $0.925M in majors
    • performance bonuses based on games
  • 3 years/$6.5M (2006-08)
    • signed extension with Milwaukee 4/06, replacing 1 year/$0.488M deal for 2006 signed 2/06
    • 06:$1M, 07:$2.3M, 08:$3.2M
    • performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 45, 50 GF; $75,000 for 55 GF; $0.125M for 60 GF
    • DFA by Milwaukee 5/2/08, sent outright to AAA 5/9/08
  • 1 year/$0.322M (2005)
    • signed by Milwaukee 2/05
  • 1 year (2004)
    • re-signed by Anaheim 2/04
    • claimed by Milwaukee off waivers from Anaheim 10/04
  • 1 year/$0.3M (2003)
    • re-signed by Anaheim 2/03 (split contract)
  • 1 year/$0.2M (2000)
  • selected by Anaheim from Philadelphia in Rule 5 draft 12/99
  • drafted by Philadelphia 1997 (5-146) (Franklin HS, Tenn.)
  • agent: Damon Lapa
  • ML service: 4.086 (through 2008)

Woody Williams rhp
2 years/$12.5M (2007-08)

  • 2 years/$12.5M (2007-08)

    • signed as a free agent 11/06
    • 07:$6M, 08:$6.25M, 09:$6.75M club option ($0.25M buyout)
    • performance bonuses:
      • $0.1M for 160 IP, $0.15M for 180 IP, $0.25M for 200 IP
    • award bonuses: $25,000 each for All Star, Gold Glove or Silver Slugger, $50,000 each for LCS MVP or WS MVP, $0.1M for Cy Young ($50,000 for 2nd place, $25,000 for 3rd)
    • released 3/29/08
  • 1 year/$3M (2005), plus 2006 club option
    • 05:$3M, 06:$4M club option ($0.5M buyout)
    • performance bonuses may increase 05-06 earnings to $14.5M
      • $0.125M/GS in 2005
      • 15 GS in 2005 vests 2006 option at $4M, plus $0.1M/GS
      • 25 GS in 2005 vests 2006 option at $5M, plus $66,667/GS
  • 2 years/$14.9M (2003-04), plus 2005 club option
    • re-signed 11/02
    • 03:$6M, 04:$8M, 05:$8M club option ($0.9M buyout)
    • $25,000 All Star award bonus
    • St. Louis declined $8M 2005 option 11/04
  • club exercised $7.25M ’02 option in return for deferral of $1M in 01
  • agent: Barry Meister
  • ML service: 14.143

Tim Worrell rhp
2 years/$4M (2006-07)

  • 2 years/$4M (2006-07)

    • signed as a free agent 11/05
    • $0.5M signing bonus
    • 06:$1.5M, 07:$2M
    • retired 1/07 (to receive full $2M 2007 salary)
  • 2 years/$5.5M (2004-05)
    • signed as a free agent 12/03
    • 04:$2.75M, 05:$2.75M
    • performance bonuses to $3.05M in 2005
  • 2 years/$3M (2001-02)
    • 01:$1.3M (2001), 02:$1.4M, 03:$3M club option ($0.3M buyout)
    • club exercised 2003 option 10/02
  • agent: Paul Cohen
  • ML service: 13.016

2007 Managerial Salaries


2007 salaries for MLB managers, as reported by Bill Madden of the New York Daily News:

Joe Torre, NYY $7.5 million
Lou Piniella, CHC $3.5 million
Bobby Cox, ATL $3 million
Tony La Russa, STL $2.8 million
Mike Scioscia, LAA $2 million
Jim Leyland, DET $2 million
Bruce Bochy, SF $1.75 million
Terry Francona, BOS $1.65 million
Phil Garner, HOU $1.5 million
Willie Randolph, NYM $1.4 million
Mike Hargrove, SEA $1.3 million
Ron Gardenhire, MIN $1.25 million
Ozzie Guillen, CHW $1.1 million
Eric Wedge, CLE $1.025 million
Jim Tracy, PIT $1 million
Bob Melvin, ARI $875,000
Buddy Bell, KC $825,000
Ned Yost, MIL $825,000
Clint Hurdle, COL $800,000
Charlie Manuel, PHI $800,000
Jerry Narron, CIN $600,000
Grady Little, LAD $600,000
Sam Perlozzo, BAL $600,000
Ron Washington, TEX $600,000
Joe Maddon, TAM $550,000
John Gibbons, TOR $500,000
Manny Acta, WAS $500,000
Bob Geren, OAK $500,000

Transactions Glossary

Resources
2003-2006 Basic Agreement
2007-2011 Basic Agreement
2012-2016 Basic Agreement
“Death, Taxes and Major League Waivers,” by Keith Law
Know your waiver rules,” by Jayson Stark, ESPN.com
MLB, MLBPA reach five-year labor accord,” MLB.com
New Agreement Includes Draft, Rule 5 Changes,” by Alan Schwarz, Baseball America
New CBA overview,” by Keith Law, ESPN.com
“Transaction Hornbook,” by Jamey Newberg, The Newberg Report, 2006
 

Arbitration
A player and club who cannot agree on a contract may agree to salary arbitration, provided the player has enough Major League service time. CBA, Article VI F.

Eligibility

The following players are eligible for arbitration:

  • Players with at least 3 but less than 6 years of Major League service time.
  • The top 22 percent of players with at least 2 but less than 3 years of Major League service, provided the player earned at least 86 days of service in the previous season. (See Super 2.) If two or more players are tied in qualifying for the top 22 percent, all such players qualify. A year of service is 172 days. The cutoff point for Super 2 status after the 2012 season was 2 years, 139 days of service..

Offer requirements

  • A club must offer contracts to players under its control by December 12.
  • The club’s salary offer to a player under its control (pre-free agency players) may not be less than 80% of the player’s salary and performance bonuses the previous year or less than 70% of his salary and performance bonuses from 2 years earlier. (Exception: If a player won an arbitration award the previous year increasing his salary 50% or more, the 80% requirement does not apply.)

Procedure

  • In mid-January, eligible players may file for salary arbitration, and three days later, the player and the club each submit a salary figure for arbitration. The parties may continue to negotiate until the case goes before a three-person panel of professional arbitrators between Feb. 1-20.

  • At the hearing, each party has one hour to argue its case and 30 minutes for rebuttal. The player is required to attend and generally represented by an agent. A club executive or attorney usually represents the club.
  • Criteria the panel may consider include the player’s contribution to the club in terms of performance and leadership, the club’s record and attendance, “special accomplishments,” the salaries of comparable players in his service-time class and, for players with less than 5 years of service, the class one year ahead of him. The parties may not refer to team finances, previous offers made during negotiations, the Competitive Balance Tax, comments from the press or salaries in other sports or occupations.
  • The panel, without opinion, awards the player a one-year, non-guaranteed contract at one salary or the other. If the player is cut before the 16th day before the season begins, he is entitled only to 30 days’ termination pay. If the player is cut during spring training but after the 16th day before the season begins, he is entitled only to 45 days’ termination pay.
  • Bereavement List
    See Family Medical Emergency List.

    Designated for Assignment (DFA)
    A player designated for assignment is removed from his club’s 40-man roster and, within the next 10 days, traded, released or, if he clears waivers, assigned to the minor leagues. A club may not designate a player for assignment if the corresponding transaction is to recall a player on optional assignment.

    • A player designated for assignment may be traded. A club interested in acquiring a player who has been designated for assignment may try to work out a trade before the player is placed on waivers, eliminating the possibility he might be claimed by a club with a higher waiver claim priority.
    • A player designated for assignment who clears waivers and is not traded may be released. The player then becomes a free agent.
    • A club wishing to send a player designated for assignment to the minor leagues must first place him on irrevocable outright waivers, making him available to the other 29 clubs in reverse order of won-lost record.
    • If the player is claimed, he is lost to the claiming team for $20,000. (Irrevocable waivers may not be reversed.) The claiming team is responsible for the balance of the contract.
    • If the player is not claimed (clears waivers), the club may option him or assign him outright to the minor leagues, though he must continue to be paid according to the terms of his contract. A player may be assigned outright to the minors only once in his career without his permission. Thereafter, he may either 1) reject the assignment and become a free agent, or 2) accept the assignment and become a free agent at the end of the season if he’s not back on the 40-man roster. Additionally, player with 3 years of major league service may refuse an outright assignment and choose to become a free agent, regardless of whether he has been sent outright to the minors previously. A player with 5 years of major league service time who refuses an outright assignment is entitled to the money due according to the terms of his contract.

    Disabled List
    A club may place an injured player on the seven- or 15- or 60-day disabled list by submitting to the commissioner’s office an application, accompanied by a diagnosis from the club physician. A player on either list continues to accumulate Major League service time, but he must remain inactive for a minimum of seven, 15 or 60 days, with Day 1 beginning after the player’s last game appearance. A club may make the placement of a player on either list retroactive to the last date on which he played, up to a maximum backdating of 10 days. A club may send a player on the DL to the minor leagues for a rehab assignment lasting a maximum of 20 days for position players and 30 days for pitchers.

    Seven-Day Disabled List for Concussions

    • Beginning with the 2011 season, a player who suffers a concussion may be placed on a seven-day disabled list, with a designated club specialist submitting a detailed report, including medical information and video of how the injury occurred, to Major League Baseball’s medical director. The seven-day list may not be used for players with injuries other than a concussion.
    • A player on the seven-day disabled list does not count against the 25-man active roster but continues to count against the 40-man roster. A player may be activated — with approval of the designated club specialist and MLB’s medical director — beginning Day 8. If the player is not reinstated by Day 14, he automatically is transferred to the 15-day disabled list.

    15-Day Disabled List

    • A player on the 15-day disabled list does not count against the 25-man active roster but continues to count against the 40-man roster. There is no limit to the number of players a club may put on the 15-day disabled list. A player may be activated beginning Day 16, though the club is not required to reinstate him at any specific time.
    • A player may be transferred from the 15-day list to the 60-day list, but the opposite is not permitted. If a player is transferred, his time on the 15-day list is credited toward the minimum stay on the 60-day list.

    60-Day (Emergency) Disabled List

    • A player on the 60-day disabled list does not count against either the 25-man or 40-man roster. A player may be activated beginning Day 61, though the club is not required to reinstate him at any specific time. A player placed on the 60-day list after August 1 remains there for the rest of the season.
    • There is no limit to the number of players a club may put on the 60-day list, but a player may not be placed on (or transferred to) the 60-day list unless the club’s 40-man roster is full. Once the season ends, a player on the 60-day disabled list must be reinstated to the 40-man roster or designated for assignment.

    Disqualified List
    If a player violates the terms of his contract, his club may petition MLB to have him placed on the disqualified list, allowing the club to replace him on both the 25-man and 40-man rosters. For example, a player who reports but refuses to play, despite being otherwise able to do so, may be placed on the disqualified list. A player on the disqualified list is not paid and does not earn service time.

    Family Medical Emergency List
    A club may place a player experiencing a family emergency or the death of a loved one on the family medical emergency list with permission from the commissioner’s office. The player may spend between three and seven days on the list, and during that period, his club may replace him on the active 25-man roster. A player on the family medical emergency list continues to accumulate Major League service time. However, if an absence extends more than seven days, the club must resort to placing the player on the restricted list, where he is not paid and does not earn service time.

    The family medical emergency list, then known as the bereavement list, was instituted on a temporary basis for the 2003 season. The seven-day leave was made permanent in April, 2004. The list of relatives whose death would entitle a player to take leave has been extended to in-laws. A club may not use the family medical emergency list to replace a player who leaves his club for the birth of a child.

    First Year Player Draft (Amateur Rule 4 Draft)
    MLB holds its First Year Player Draft in early June. The 30 clubs select players in reverse order of won-lost records from the previous season. If two or more clubs finished with identical records in the previous season, the earlier draft pick is awarded to the team that finished with the worst record two seasons ago. Additionally, the draft order may be altered if a club receives an additional draft pick (or picks) as compensation 1) for losing a free agent to another club or 2) for failing to sign a player selected in the previous year’s draft.

    The draft runs no longer than 40 rounds. Each club may select only one player for each of its major league, AAA and AA rosters but is not limited to the number of picks for the A level. (Choices no longer alternate between leagues, as they did before MLB ended the practice after the 2004 draft.) Clubs are not permitted to trade a draft pick, though draft picks awarded through the Competitive Balance Lottery may be traded, subject to certain restrictions.

    Eligibility
    The following are eligible to be selected in the First Year Player Draft (MLR 4):

    • Residents of the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and any other U.S. territories who have not previously signed minor- or major-league contracts.
    • Non-residents attending high school or college in the United States.
    • Previous draftees who did not sign contracts, chose to enroll in four-year colleges and subsequently completed their junior year in college or turned 21 years old.
    • All other foreign-born players are ineligible. (See International Players.)

    Procedure

    • Before the draft, each club is assigned an aggregate Signing Bonus Pool, consisting of the total of the sum of the designated signing bonuses for their picks in the first 10 rounds. Players selected after the 10th round do not count against a club’s Pool if they sign for a bonus less than $100,000. Any bonus of $100,000 or more counts against a club’s Pool. The Pool amount for each club takes into account any additional selections a club obtains in a trade, as compensation for losing a free agent, for failure to sign a drafted player from the previous year’s draft, and through the Competitive Balance or Forfeited Draft Pick Lotteries.
    • A club exceeding its Signing Bonus Pool by 0-5 percent pays a 75 percent tax on the overage. Penalties then increase, with a 75-percent tax and loss of a first-round draft pick for a 5-10 percent overage, a 100-percent tax and loss of a first- and second-round draft pick for a 10-15 percent overage, and a 100-percent tax and loss of first-round picks in the next two drafts for an overage of more than 15 percent. Draft picks surrendered as penalties are distributed to other clubs through a Forfeited Draft Pick Lottery based on each club’s revenue and winning percentage in the previous season.
    • The 10 teams with the lowest revenues and the 10 teams in the smallest markets may receive additional selections in a Competitive Balance Lottery for the six draft picks after the end of the first round and the six draft picks after the end of the second round. A club receiving a Competitive Balance Lottery draft pick has the right to trade the pick to another club.
    • Clubs are deemed to have automatically offered each draft pick a minor-league contract with no signing bonus. Players selected in the Rule 4 draft may not sign Major League contracts.
    • A club holds exclusive negotiating rights with a drafted player until mid-July (between July 12 and July 18, depending on the date of the All-Star Game).
    • The signing deadline does not apply to college seniors or players from an independent league. The deadline for signing those players is the next First Year Player Draft.
    • Once a drafted player has signed with the club, he cannot be traded until an entire year has elapsed (Incaviglia Rule). However, amateur free agents from Latin America, Asia or Australia may be traded at any time.

    Failure to Sign

    • A drafted player who does not sign and attends a four-year college is not eligible for the draft again until he completes his junior year of college or turns 21 years old.<
    • A drafted player who does not sign and does not attend class at a four-year college is eligible for the next First Year Player Draft. A club may not draft a player in two consecutive drafts without the player’s written consent.
    • If a club does not sign one of the players it selected in the first 10 rounds, the suggested bonus for the pick is subtracted from the club’s Signing Bonus Pool.
    • If a team does not sign its pick in the first two rounds (including the supplemental round between the two), it receives a compensatory selection in the following year’s Rule 4 Draft that is one pick after the slot of the player who did not sign.
    • If a team does not sign its third-round selection, it receives a compensatory selection in a supplemental round between the third and fourth rounds in the following year’s draft.


    Free Agency

    Eligibility
    1.  Article XX (B). A player with at least 6 years of Major League service time and no contract for the next season is eligible for free agency and may negotiate with any club. CBA, Article XX (B).

    2. Outright of a three-year player
    . A player with three years of Major League service who is assigned outright to the minor leagues may 1) refuse the assignment and elect immediate free agency or 2) accept the assignment and elect free agency between the end of the Major League season and Oct. 15, unless the player is returned to the Major League roster before electing free agency. A player who qualified for arbitration as a Super Two in the previous off-season and is subsequently sent outright to the minor leagues may refuse the assignment and elect immediate free agency but may not accept the assignment and elect free agency at the end of the season.

    3. Second outright assignment. A player who is assigned outright to the minor leagues for the second time for any subsequent time in his career may 1) refuse the assignment and elect immediate free agency or 2) accept the assignment and elect free agency between the end of the Major League season and Oct. 15, unless the player is returned to the Major League roster before electing free agency.

    Procedure

    • Qualified players become Article XX (B) free agents at 9 a.m. ET on the first day after the World Series ends. (Under previous CBAs, players had to file for free agency during a window after the World Series.)
    • During a five-day “Quiet Period” after the World Series ends, a free agent’s former club retains exclusive negotiating rights with him. The player may engage in general discussions with other clubs but may not discuss contract details or sign with them.
    • If a player was under contract with his former club since Opening Day of the previous season, the club may make him a Qualifying Offer of a one-year contract in the amount of the average salary of the 125 highest-paid players in the game. (The amount for the 2012-13 off-season was $13.3 million.) A Qualifying Offer must be made during the five-day Quiet Period. A player may accept a Qualifying Offer during the “Acceptance Period,” a seven-day window after the Quiet Period. If the player accepts the offer, he returns to the club’s roster. If the player rejects the Qualifying Offer, he may negotiate with any of the 30 clubs. A former club is not entitled to compensation when a free agent signs elsewhere unless the club made the player a Qualifying Offer. See Free Agent Compensation.
    • No contract shall include any provision in which the club promises not to make a Qualifying Offer or in which the player promises not to accept a Qualifying Offer. (Under previous CBAs, a club could promise not to make an offer of arbitration to pending free agents.)
    • The exercise dates for option seasons in any contract must fall within the five-day Quiet Period after the World Series ends.
    • A free agent who signs a contract after the Quiet Period may not be traded without his written consent before June 16 of the following season.
    • If a club signs a free agent to a minor-league contract between the end of the Quiet Period and 10 days before Opening Day, the club must 1) pay a $100,000 retention bonus if the player is notified five days before Opening Day that he will not make the Opening Day roster, or 2) provide the player with his unconditional release. If a club retains the player by paying the $100,000 bonus, he may require the club to release him if he is not on the Major League roster by June 1. (The player and club are free to negotiate an earlier opt-out date or a retention bonus of more that $100,000.)

    Free Agent Compensation
    A club is entitled to compensation when a free agent signs elsewhere if 1) he had played with the former club since Opening Day of the previous season, 2) the club made the player a Qualifying Offer in the amount of the average salary of the 125 highest-paid player in the game, and 3) the player declined the Qualifying Offer and signs a Major League contract with another club before the next Rule 4 First Year Player Draft.

    The free agent’s former club receives a supplemental draft pick between the first and second rounds. If more than one club is entitled to a supplemental pick, selections are awarded in reverse order of won-loss percentage in the recently completed season.


    The free agent’s new club forfeits its highest-available selection in the next Rule 4 First Year Player Draft. (The pick is simply eliminated rather than being awarded to the former club, as it was under the previous CBA.) A club signing more than one free agent subject to compensation forfeits its highest remaining selection for each signing. The first 10 selections in the Rule 4 First Year Player Draft are protected and cannot be forfeited. If a club holding one of the first 10 draft picks signs a free agent subject to compensation, that club forfeits its next-highest selection in the draft. With the exception of draft picks awarded for failure to sign a player in the previous Rule 4 First Year Player Draft, all of a club’s draft picks – including draft picks acquired by trade, compensatory draft picks awarded for losing a free agent, and Competitive Balance or Forfeited Draft Pick selections – are subject to forfeiture for signing a qualified free agent.

    International Players
    International players generally must be signed either as free agents or through the posting system for Japanese players. However, two groups of international players are eligible for the First Year Player Draft: 1) Canadian players, and 2) non-residents who attend high school or college in the United States.

    Foreign-born players from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Panama, South Korea, Taiwan, Australia and other countries are free agents. They may sign with any of the 30 Major League clubs during the international signing period, which begins July 2. To be eligible to sign a contract, a player must be 16 years old at the time of signing and turn 17 years old by either 1) September 1 or 2) the end of his first professional season, whichever is later. Players also must register with the MLB Scouting Bureau.


    Each club is assigned an aggregate international Signing Bonus Pool. The Pool amount for 2012-13 is $2.9 million for all 30 clubs. For 2013-14, Pool amounts will vary between about $1.7 million and $4.7 million, with the club with the lowest winning percentage in the previous season receiving the largest amount. Pool amounts also will be divided into bonus slots. Beginning with the 2013-14 international signing period (July 2, 2013 – June 15, 2014), a club may trade a portion of its international Signing Bonus Pool. However, no club will be allowed to increase its international bonus pool by more than 50 percent.


    A club exceeding its international Signing Bonus Pool by 0-5 percent pays a 75-percent tax on the overage. Penalties then increase, with a 75-percent tax and the loss the the right to pay more than one player in the next signing period a bonus of more than $500,000 for a 5-10 percent overage, a 100-percent tax and the loss of the right to pay any player in the next signing period a bonus of more than $500,000 for a 10-15 percent overage, and a 100-percent tax and the loss of the right to pay any player in the next signing period a bonus of more than $250,000. Penalties may increase for the 2014-15 signing period if an international draft is not in place for July 2014.


    Players are not subject to the rules for international Signing Bonus Pools if they are at least 23 years old and come from leagues deemed to be professional, such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Cuba.


    Japanese high school players are subject to the Japan League draft and may not sign with U.S. clubs. Japanese League players may not become international free agents until they have nine years of service. Players who want to play in the Major Leagues before qualifying for free agency must go through the “posting process,” a system that allows a Japanese club to solicit a release fee from Major League clubs for negotiating rights with the player. The fee may be no more than $20 million.


    A Japanese club first must “post” the player for bidding between November 1 and February 1. Interested Major League clubs then have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the player, with the club signing the player paying the posting fee to his Japanese team. If the player does not sign, no release fee is paid and the Japanese club retains the rights to the player, and the player may not be posted again until the following November 1.


    Maximum Salary Reduction

    In tendering a contract to a player (or renewing the contract of a player not yet arbitration-eligible), a club’s salary offer may not be less than 80% of the player’s salary and performance bonuses the previous year or less than 70% of his salary and performance bonuses from two years earlier. The 80% requirement does not apply if a player won an arbitration award the previous year increasing his salary 50% or more. For split contracts (paying a player one rate when he is in the Major Leagues and a lesser rate when he is in the minors), the maximum cut rule is 60% of the player’s salary from the previous season.

    Minimum Salary

    Major League minimum salary

    • 2016: $500,000 plus cost-of-living adjustment
    • 2015: $500,000 plus cost-of-living adjustment
    • 2014: $500,000
    • 2013: $490,000
    • 2012: $480,000
    • 2011: $414,000
    • 2010: $400,000
    • 2009: $400,000
    • 2008: $390,000
    • 2007: $380,000
    • 2006: $327,000
    • 2005: $316,000
    • 2004: $300,000
    • 2003: $300,000
    • 2002: $200,000
    • 2001: $200,000
    • 2000: $200,000
    • 1999: $200,000
    • 1998: $170,000
    • 1997: $150,000
    • 1996: $150,000 (7/31/96 through end of 1996 season)
    • 1996: $109,000 (Opening Day through 7/31/96)
    • 1995: $109,000
    • 1994: no agreement
    • 1993: $109,000
    • 1992: $109,000
    • 1991: $100,000
    • 1990: $100,000
    • 1989: $ 68,000
    • 1988: $ 62,500
    • 1987: $ 62,500
    • 1986: $ 60,000
    • 1985: $ 60,000
    • 1984: $ 40,000
    • 1983: $ 35,000
    • 1982: $ 33,500
    • 1981: $ 32,500
    • 1980: $ 30,000
    • 1979: $ 21,000
    • 1978: $ 21,000
    • 1977: $ 19,000
    • 1976: $ 19,000
    • 1975: $ 16,000
    • 1974: $ 15,000
    • 1973: $ 15,000
    • 1972: $ 13,500
    • 1971: $ 12,750
    • 1970: $ 12,000
    • 1969: $ 10,000
    • 1968: $ 10,000
    • 1967: $ 6,000 ($7,000 if on roster 30 days into season)
    • 1947: $ 5,000
    • 1946: $ 5,000

    Minor League minimum salary
    (for players on 40-man rosters for at least the second year or for players with at least one day of major league service)

    • 2016: $81,500 plus cost-of-living adjustment
    • 2015: $81,500 plus cost-of-living adjustment
    • 2014: $81,500
    • 2013: $79,900
    • 2012: $78,250
    • 2011: $67,300
    • 2010: $65,000
    • 2009: $65,000
    • 2008: $62,500
    • 2007: $60,000
    • 2006: $54,500
    • 2005: $52,600

    Under the 2007-11 CBA, the new minimum for a player placed on the 40-man roster for the first time is $30,000 (50% of minor league minimum).

    Minor League Free Agency

    A player becomes eligible to sign with any organization as a minor league free agent when he has played six full minor-league seasons with the club that drafted him. If a player is released, he becomes a minor league free agent upon expiration of any subsequent contract he signs.

    Minor League Rosters


    Minor-league rosters consist of an Active List (players currently eligible to play) and a Reserve List (the entire roster). Players may be loaned to other minor league clubs, but they must be returned by September 30. Minor-league clubs may place injured players on the disabled list for 7 or 60 days (the Emergency Disabled List). As with players in the majors, players on the minor-league 60-day disabled list do not count against either roster limit. Age restrictions do not apply to players on rehab assignments.

    Reserve List roster limits

    • 38 players for AAA clubs, 37 for AA clubs, 35 for A clubs and below

    Active List roster limits

    • AAA clubs: 24 players.
    • AA clubs: 24 players, effective February, 2008. (Previously, the AA limit varied between 23 and 24 players.)
    • A clubs: 25 players, with no more than two players with more than five years of minor-league service time.
    • Short-season A clubs: 30 players. No more than 25 players may be used in a single game. As of July 1, the Active List must include at least 10 pitchers. No more than four players may be 23 years old or older. No more than three players may have four or more years of minor-league service time.)
    • Advanced rookie clubs: 35 players. No more than 30 players may be used in a single game. As of July 1, the Active List must include at least 10 pitchers. No more than 12 players may be 21 years old or older, and no more than two players may be 23 years old or older. No player may have more than two years as a professional, and no player may have three or more years of minor-league service time.
    • Rookie clubs: 35 players. No more than 30 players may be used in a single game. As of July 1, the Active List must include at least 10 pitchers. No more than 8 players may be 20 years old or older, including two drafted players and four undrafted players who are at least 21 years old. No player may have more than two years of minor-league service time.

    Options
    An option (optional assignment) allows a club to move a player on its 40-man roster to and from the minor leagues without exposing him to other teams.

    After 4 or 5 years as a professional, a player must be added to his club’s 40-man roster or exposed to the 29 other clubs in the Rule 5 draft. (A club has 5 years to evaluate a player who signs his first pro contract at 18 years old or younger, but only 4 years to decide on a player who signs at age 19.) For purposes of calculating years as a pro, the counting begins the day a player signs his first pro contract, not the season he begins to play.


    When a player is added to the 40-man roster, his club has three “options,” or three separate seasons during which the club may to move him to and from the minor leagues without exposing him to other clubs. A player on the 40-man roster playing in the minors is on optional assignment, and within an option season, there is no limit on the number of times a club may demote and recall a player. However, a player optioned to the minor leagues may not be recalled for at least 10 days, unless the club places a Major League player on the disabled list during the 10-day window.


    After three options are exhausted, the player is out of options. Beginning with the next season, he must clear waivers before he may be sent to the minors again. See Waivers. Additionally, a player with 5 years of Major League service may not be sent to the minors on an optional assignment without his consent.

    Counting option years

    • If a player is not sent to the minors during a year, an option is not used.
    • If a player is on the 40-man roster in spring training but optioned to the minors before the season begins, an option is used.
    • If a player’s optional assignment(s) to the minors total less than 20 days in one season, an option is not used.
    • A player may be eligible for a fourth option year if he has been optioned in three seasons but does not yet have five full seasons of professional experience. A full season is defined as being on an active pro roster for at least 90 days in a season. The 90-day requirement means short-season leagues (New-York Penn, Northwest, Pioneer, Appalachian, Gulf Coast, Arizona Rookie, Dominican and Venezuelan Summer Leagues) do not count as full seasons for the purposes of determining eligibility for a fourth option.
    • An option year is not used if a player is injured and spends 30 days or less on an active roster.

    Outright assignments
    A player assigned outright to the minor leagues for the first time in his career must accept the assignment. Thereafter, a player has the choice of 1) rejecting the assignment and becoming a free agent immediately, or 2) accepting the assignment and become a free agent at the end of the season if he has not been returned to the 40-man roster.

    A player with 3 years of Major League service may refuse an outright assignment and choose to become a free agent immediately or at the end of the season.


    A player with 5 years of Major League service who refuses an outright assignment is entitled to the money due according to the terms of his contract.


    Player Limits

    The Major League roster limit is 40 from September 1 until Opening Day, when the number of players must be reduced to 25. For scheduled doubleheaders and makeup games, roster sizes may be increased to 26 players as long as the doubleheader is not being played the day immediately after a cancellation.

    Player To Be Named Later

    A transaction including a player to be named later must be completed within six months. The player may not be an active Major League player during the interval between the trade and the date the player is named. As a result, most players to be named later are minor leaguers.

    At the time of a trade, clubs sometimes agree on a list of players from which the player to be named will be selected. They also may agree on an amount of money to be exchanged in lieu of a player.


    Clubs may include a player to be named later in a trade if a player is not eligible to be traded. For example, once a draft pick signs a professional contract, he may not be traded until an entire year has elapsed (the Pete Incaviglia Rule). Additionally, a player on a minor-league reserve list may not be traded between November 20 and the Rule 5 draft in December, so trades during that window may include a PTBNL.


    Renewal

    A club may unilaterally renew the contract of a player not yet eligible for arbitration if the club and the player fail to agree on a salary. A club may not renew a contract at a salary less than 80% of the player’s salary and performance bonuses the previous year or less than 70% of his salary and performance bonuses from two years earlier. See Maximum Salary Reduction.

    Restricted List

    If a player, through some action of his own, is unable to render his services to his club, the team may petition MLB to have the player placed on the restricted list. Generally, the list is used for a long-term absence, such as a drug suspension, a visa problem or leaving the club without permission. A player on the restricted list does not count against the 40-man roster, and there is no minimum or maximum length of time he must stay on the list. A player on the restricted list is not paid and does not earn service time.

    Rookie Qualification

    A player is a rookie unless, during a previous season or seasons, he has:

    • more than 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or
    • more than 45 days on a Major League active roster during the 25-man limit period (April-August), excluding time on the disabled list.

    Rule 5 Draft
    The Rule 5 draft is held each December at the Winter Meetings, and it consists of a Major League portion and a minor league portion. By November 20, each club must set its 40-man roster and submit reserve lists for all major and minor-league levels (See Minor League Rosters). Between November 20 and the Rule 5 draft, a club may add Major League free agents to its 40-man roster but may not add any player from its minor league reserve lists.

    After 4 or 5 years as a professional, a player must be added to his club’s 40-man roster or exposed to the 29 other clubs in the Rule 5 draft. (Under the new CBA, a club has 5 years to evaluate a player who signs his first pro contract at 18 years old or younger, but only 4 years to decide on a player who signs at age 19.) For purposes of calculating years as a pro, counting begins the day a player signs his first pro contract, not the season he begins play.


    Clubs draft in reverse order of their won-loss records in the previous season, and only clubs with less than 40 players on their rosters may take part. To select an eligible player, a drafting club pays $50,000 to the player’s original club. The drafting club must keep the player on its 25-man active roster for all of the next season or put him on waivers. If a third club claims the player on waivers, the third club also must keep him in the majors all season. If the player clears waivers, he must be offered back to his original club for $25,000. A drafting club may work out a trade with the player’s original club so that the drafting club can keep him and send him to the minor leagues.


    If, because of injury, a player selected in the Rule 5 draft spends less than 90 days on the active Major League roster, he also must remain on the Major League roster the next season until he earns 90 days of service. Otherwise, he must be put on waivers and offered back to his original club.


    The Rule 5 draft also includes two minor-league phases. In the AAA phase, a player not protected on his club’s 40-man roster or 38-man AAA reserve list may be selected for $12,000. In the AA phase, a player not protected on his club’s 40-man roster, 38-man AAA reserve list or 37-man AA reserve list may be selected for $4,000. A player selected in the minor-league phase of the Rule 5 draft is not required to play the next season with his drafting club at the higher organizational level.


    Service Time

    A player earns Major League service time for each day he spends on the active (25-man) roster or on the Major League 15-day or 60-day disabled lists. A player also continues to earn service time while serving any disciplinary suspension or serving in the military.

    Under the CBA, 1 year of service is defined as 172 days. A player may earn up to 172 days of Major League service during a championship season (regular season), which generally lasts 183 calendar days. If a player is sent to the minor leagues on optional assignment for a total of less than 20 days during a season, he receives service time for the entire season.

    Service time specifics

    • A player promoted from the minor leagues is credited with ML service beginning with the date he physically reports.
    • Service time is not interrupted when a Major League player is traded and reports to his new club in the normal course (within 72 hours).
    • A player demoted to the minor leagues is credited with ML service through the date of the assignment.
    • A player who is unconditionally released is credited with ML service through the date he was notified of his release.
    • A Major League player designated for release or assignment continues to be credited with service after the designation, through the date of the actual assignment or the date he is notified of his unconditional release.
    • For a player who appears on the opening day roster, ML service time is credited as of the earliest scheduled opener, without regard to the actual opening date of his own club.
    • ML service time is not credited during any period or periods of optional assignment totaling 20 days or more during a single season.

    Service-time landmarks

    3 years

    • A player with at least 3 years of Major League service is eligible for arbitration. (Eligibility for arbitration also is extended to players just shy of 3 full years of service. See Super Two.)
    • In addition, a 3-year player may not be removed from the 40-man roster without his permission. The player may choose to be released immediately or at the end of the season.

    5 years

    • A player with at least 5 years of Major League service may not be demoted to the minor leagues on optional assignment without his consent. A 5-year player who refuses an optional assignment to the minors must be offered his release.
    • Prior to 2007, a player with 5 years of service who had been traded in the middle of a multi-year contract could, during the off-season, require his new team to either trade him or let him become a free agent. If the player was eventually traded, he was not eligible to demand a trade again under the current contract and lost free agency rights for 3 years. However, the 2007-11 CBA eliminated this right for players signing multi-year contracts in the future. Players signed to multi-year deals before the effective date of the 2007-11 CBA (November 2006) retained the right to demand a trade if traded during the life of their current contracts.

    6 years

    • A player with at least 6 years of service is eligible for free agency.

    10 years

    • A player with at least 10 years of service may not be traded or assigned without his consent, provided the player has spent the last 5 years with his current team.

    Super 2
    A player with almost 3 years of Major League service time may become eligible for arbitration. To qualify, a player must:

    • have at least 2 years of service, but less than 3, and
    • have accumulated at least 86 days of service in the previous year, and
    • rank in the top 22% of all 2-year players in service time.

    The cutoff point for 2013 was 2 years, 139 days.

    Ten-and-Five Rights

    A player with at least 10 years of Major League service may not be traded or assigned without his consent, provided the player has spent the last 5 years with his current team.

    Tender Date / Non-tender

    Major League clubs must offer contracts to players on its roster by December 12. In general, an offer may not be less than 80% of the player’s salary and performance bonuses the previous year or less than 70% of his salary and performance bonuses from two years earlier.

    If a club has no interest in keeping a particular player, the club may choose to non-tender him, or to not offer him a contract. A player generally becomes a candidate to be non-tendered when he is arbitration-eligible and his club determines he is not worth the salary he might command in arbitration. A player who is non-tendered becomes a free agent and may sign with any of the 30 Major League clubs, including his former team, at any price.


    Trading Regulations

    Between the end of the regular season and July 31, a player may be traded without passing through waivers. Between August 1 and the end of the regular season, a player may not be traded unless he first passes through revocable Major League waivers.

    In August, clubs submit revocable waiver requests for most players. If a player is not claimed within 47 business-day hours, he may be traded to any club. If a player is claimed by another club, the request may be withdrawn, allowing the player’s current club to pull him back. However, the player’s current club also may 1) work out a trade with the claiming club within 48 ½ business-day hours, or 2) elect to allow the claiming club to take the player and assume responsibility for his current contract.


    If more than one club claims a player on Major League waivers during the August 1-November 10 waiver period, the club with the lower winning percentage has priority, with American League clubs holding priority for AL players and National League clubs holding priority for NL players.


    A player acquired after August 31 is not eligible to be placed on the post-season roster with his new club.


    The commissioner’s office must approve of any trade involving:

    • a player on the disabled list, or
    • a transfer of more than $1 million cash.


    Waivers

    A waiver is permission from other clubs to trade or assign a Major League player’s contract. A waiver request is filed through the Commissioner’s Office and granted for a limited time period. There are four types of waivers: 1) unconditional release waivers, 2) outright waivers, 3) optional waivers, and 4) trade assignment waivers.

    Unconditional Release Waivers
    A club that wishes to release a player places him on unconditional release waivers. He then may be claimed for $1, but the player has five days to choose whether to accept it or refuse the claim and become a free agent. If the player rejects the claim, he become a free agent and forfeits the remaining money due on his contract. If the player accepts the claim, the new team pays him under the contract he signed with his former team. If no team claims the player, he becomes a free agent.

    Irrevocable Outright Waivers
    A club that wishes to remove a player from its 40-man roster but keep him in its minor-league system must first place him on outright or special waivers. Outright waivers are not revocable, so a player claimed on outright waivers may not be pulled back by his original club. A club may not request outright waivers on a player with a complete no-trade clause or on a player ten-and-five rights. Through 2006, outright waivers secured between September 1 and 30th day of the next season were known as Special Waivers. The owners and players eliminated Special Waivers in the 2007-2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Optional Waivers
    Optional major league waivers are required when optioning a player who has options remaining but who is more than three calendar years removed from his first appearance on a Major League roster. Because optional waivers are revocable, players usually clear in this scenario.

    Trade Assignment Waivers
    Trade assignment waivers are utilized in August as a means to gauge trade interest. Between August 1 and the end of the season, a player may not be traded without first clearing trade assignment Major League waivers. If the player is not claimed within 47 business-day hours, he may be traded to any club. If the player is claimed by another club, the request may be revoked, allowing his current club to pull him back. However, the player’s current club also may 1) work out a trade with the claiming club within 48 ½ business-day hours, or 2) elect to allow the claiming club to take the player for a $20,000 fee and assume responsibility for his current contract. If more than one club claims a player, the club with the lower winning percentage has priority, but American League clubs have priority for AL players, and National League clubs have priority for NL players. Once a player on major league waivers has been claimed and the waiver request revoked, any subsequent request for major league waivers during the same waiver period is irrevocable. A player with a no-trade clause who is claimed on Major League waivers must be pulled back if the player’s no-trade clause allows him to block a deal to the claiming club. However, the player may waive the no-trade clause and join the claiming club

    Waiver periods & waiver claim priority

    November 11 – April 30 (Nov. 11 – 30th day of the next season)

    • Club with the worst won-loss record in the previous season has priority.


    May 1 – July 31 (31st day of the season – July 31)

    • Club with the worst won-loss record in the current season has priority.


    August 1 November 10

    • The club with the worst won-loss record in the current season has priority, but American League clubs have priority for AL players, and National League clubs have priority for NL players.



    Important Transaction Dates

    MLR = Major League Rule
    CBA = Collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the players union.

      

    Immediately after World Series
    Eligible players become free agents

    Fifth day after end of World Series
    Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents

    Sixth day after end of World Series
    First day free agents may sign contracts with a club other than their former club.

    12th day after end of World Series
    Last date for Article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club (midnight ET)

    November 20, 2013 (tentative)
    Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

    December 2, 2013
    Last date for clubs to offer 2014 contracts to unsigned players (midnight ET).

    December 9-12, 2013
    Winter Meetings, Orlando

    December 12, 2013
    Rule 5 Draft

    January 14, 2014
    Salary arbitration filing date. CBA, Article VI (E)(2).

    January 15-16, 2014
    Owners meetings, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
     
    January 17, 2014
    Exchange of salary arbitration figures between MLB Labor Relations Department and MLB Players Association. CBA, Article VI (E) (2).

    February 1-21, 2014
    Salary arbitration hearings.

    February 13, 2014
    Voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers and injured players.
     
    February 15, 2014
    End of waiver period (Nov. 11, 2013 – Feb. 15, 2014). Outright Waivers secured on or after Nov. 11, 2013, expire at 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after waivers are obtained or 5 p.m. ET on Feb. 15, 2014, whichever is earlier.

    February 16, 2014
    Beginning of new waiver period (February 16 – April 28). Outright Waivers secured on or after February 16, 2014, remain in effect for 7 days or until 5 p.m. EST, April 28, 2014 (the 30th day of the season), whichever is earlier. Optional Waivers secured on or after February 16 remain in effect until 5 p.m. EST on the 30th day of the season (April 28, 2014). MLR 10.
     
    February 18, 2014
    Voluntary reporting date for position players.

    February 25, 2014
    Mandatory reporting date.

    March 2-11, 2014
    Clubs may renew contracts of unsigned players. Paragraph 10 (a) of Uniform Player Contract.

    March 12, 2014
    Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player and pay only 30 days’ termination play. CBA, Article IX(B).

    March 21, 2014
    Earliest date a club may backdate placement of a player on 15-day Major League disabled list. MLR 2(g)(1).

    March 22-23, 2014
    LA Dodgers vs. Arizona. Sydney, Australia

    March 26, 2014
    Last day to request unconditional Release Waivers for a player without having to pay full 2013 salary. (Players with non-guaranteed contracts released between March 12 and March 26 receive 45 days’ termination pay.) CBA, Article IX (B).

    March 30, 2014
    Opening Day of 2014 season. All clubs must reduce their active rosters to 25 players.

    April 5, 2014
    First date a player placed on Major League disabled list during Spring Training may be activated. MLR 2(g)(1).

    April 9, 2014
    First date a player optioned to minors during Spring Training may be recalled (11th day of season).

    April 28, 2014
    End of waiver period (February 16 – April 28). Optional Waivers secured on or after Feb. 16, 2014, expire at 5 p.m. ET. MLR 10(c)(4)(B)(i). Outright Waivers obtained on or after Feb. 16, 2014, remain in effect until 1 p.m. ET on the seventh day after the date they were obtained, or until 5 p.m. ET on April 28, 2014, the 30th day of the season. MLR 10(c)(4)(C)(ii).

    April 29, 2014
    Beginning of new waiver period (April 29 – July 31). Optional Waivers and Outright Waivers secured on or after April 29 (the 31st day of the season) remain in effect through 5 p.m. EST July 31. MLR 10 (c)(4). After April 29, outright assignments to the minor leagues may be made only with outright waivers in effect.

    May 15, 2014
    Earliest date a club may re-sign a player unconditionally released by the club between Aug. 31, 2013, and March 31, 2014. MLR 8(i)(2).

    May 29, 2014
    Start of Closed Period before 2013 First-Year Player Draft

    June 5, 2014
    First-Year Player Draft

    June 16, 2014
    First date a club may trade a player signed as a free agent

    July 15, 2014
    All-Star Game, Minneapolis

    July 18, 2014
    Deadline (5 p.m. ET) to sign players selected in 2014 First-year Player Draft

    July 31, 2014
    Last day to trade a player without securing waivers (4 p.m. ET)

    August 1, 2014
    New waiver period begins. Trade waivers required.

    August 31, 2014
    Waiver trade deadline. Outright Waivers secured on or after August 1 expire (midnight ET).

    Postseason eligibility lists established (midnight ET). To be eligible, a player must be a bona fide member of a qualifying team August 31 and remain a bona fide member through end of the applicable Postseason series.

    September 1, 2014
    Active player limit increased from 25 to 40

    September 28, 2014
    Regular season ends

    September 30, 2014
    Post-season begins

    October 22, 2014
    110th World Series begins

    Immediately after World Series
    Eligible players become free agents

    Fifth day after end of World Series
    Deadline for clubs to make qualifying offers to their eligible former players who became free agents

    Sixth day after end of World Series
    First day free agents may sign contracts with a club other than their former club.

    12th day after end of World Series
    Last date for Article XX (B) free agents to accept a qualifying offer from a former club (midnight ET)

    November 20, 2014 (tentative)
    Day to file reserve lists for all Major and Minor League levels.

    December 2, 2014
    Last date for clubs to offer 2015 contracts to unsigned players (midnight ET).

    December 8-11, 2014
    Winter Meetings, San Diego

    December 11, 2014
    Rule 5 Draft