Red Sox Minor League Free Agent Eligibility

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The following players will be eligible for minor league free agency in November of the
stated year unless they are added to the 40-man roster or re-signed prior to that time
         

November 2017

 

November 2018

 

November 2019

Brian Bogusevic
Bryce Brentz
Dan Butler
Ryan Court
Jacob Dahlstrand
Matt Dominguez
Conrad Gregor
Shawn Haviland
Williams Jerez
Kyle Kendrick
Heiker Meneses
Edgar Olmos
Mike Olt
Mitchell Osnowitz
Tim Roberson
Steve Selsky
Jose Sermo
Aneury Tavarez
Herny Urrutia
Elih Villaneuva
Marcus Walden

 

Jeremy Barfield
Ty Buttrey
Justin Haley
Deiner Lopez
Mike Meyers
Mike Miller
Justin Pacchioli
Fernando Rodriguez
Josh Smith
Jordan Weems

 

Victor Acosta
Trey Ball
Danny Bethea
Harrison Cooney
Pat Goetze
Daniel Gonzalez
Juan Hernandez
Bryan Hudson
Dedgar Jimenez
Raiwinson Lameda
Isaias Lucena
Kyle Martin
Algenis Martinez
Daniel McGrath
Ritzi Mendoza
Joseph Monge
Jhon Nunez
Yankory Pimentel
Teddy Stankiewicz
Jantzen Witte

   

November 2020

 

November 2021

 

November 2022

Yoan Aybar
Roldani Baldwin
Juan Barriento
Jalen Beeks
Jordan Betts
Rusney Castillo
Michael Chavis
Jake Cosart
Enmanuel De Jesus
Jhonathan Diaz
Devon Fisher
Darwinzon Hernandez
Tyler Hill
Trenton Kemp
Marcos Lantigua
Danny Mars
Kevin McAvoy
Samuel Miranda
Josh Ockimey
Jordan Procyshen
Hildemaro Requena
Alejandro Rodriguez
Jake Romanski
Chandler Shepherd
Kevin Steen
Cole Sturgeon
Carlos Tovar

 

Edilson Batista
Eduard Bazardo
Ramfis Berroa
Logan Boyd
Marc Brakeman
Gary Calvo
Marino Campana
Lorenzo Cedrola
Luis Colmenares
Eduard Conde
Carlos Cortes
Chad De La Guerra
Jerry Downs
Nick Duron
Willis Figueroa
Juan Florentino
Victor Garcia
Austin Glorious
Jose Gonzalez
Mitchell Gunsolus
Nick Hamilton
Trevor Kelley
Matt Kent
Travis Lakins
Adam Lau
Chris Madera
Freiberg Marin
Marcos Martinez
Tate Matheny
Ryan Oduber
Angel Padron
Yorvin Pantoja
Keibert Petit
Bobby Poyner
Carlos Pulido
Roniel Raudes
Austin Rei
Denyi Reyes
Eddy Reynoso
Jeremy Rivera
Luis Rivero
Jagger Rusconi
Josh Tobias
Tucker Tubbs
Reinaldo Ugueto
Yomar Valentin
Kyri Washington

 

Juan Carlos Abreu
Rayniel Adames
Fabian Andrade
Pedro Castellanos
Jesus Chacon
CJ Chatham
Ricardo Cubillan
Bobby Dalbec
Santiago Espinal
Junior Espinoza
Rafael Gomez
Matthew Gorst
Jay Groome
Ronald Gutierrez
Kyle Hart
Luis Hernandez
Ivan Houellemont
Ivan Jimenez
Andres Jimenez
Francisco Lopez-Soto
Nick Lovullo
Everlouis Lozada
Alan Marrero
Joan Martinez
Alexander Martinez
Bryan Mata
Matt McLean
Jose Mejias
Rayniel Moreno
Oddanier Mosqueda
Jared Oliver
Geraldo Perez
Juan Perez
Antonio Police
Ronald Pulgar
Manuel Ramirez
Steven Reveles
Kleiber Rodriguez
Alberto Schmidt
Nick Sciortino
Ryan Scott
Robby Sexton
Mike Shawaryn
Hunter Smith
Dakota Smith
Tyler Spoon
Granger Studdard
Kervin Suarez

         

November 2023

 

November 2024

   

Christopher Acosta
Taylor Ahearn
Jecorrah Arnold
Lewis Baez
Korey Behenna
Garrett Benge
Cole Brannen
Andrew Carber
Andre Colon
Kutter Crawford
Jonathan Diaz
Taylor Dearden
David Durden
Tyler Esplin
Alberto Franco
Trey Ganns
Rio Gomez
Angel Gonzalez
Beau Hanna
Chad Hardy
Hunter Haworth
Tanner Houck
Jose Larez
Xavier LeGrant
Dominic LoBrutto
Charlie Madden
Johan Martinez
Alexander Montero
Juan Morillo
Brendan Nail
Brett Netzer
Tanner Nishioka
Durin O'Linger
Michael Osinski
Jeison Pena
Aaron Perry
Isaac Pinales
Tanner Raiburn
Frankie Rios
Yasel Santana
Zach Schellinger
Alex Scherff
Zach Sterry
Jake Thompson
Luis Torres
Jordan Wren
Lukas Young

 

Nelfy Abreu
Brayan Aquino
Brayan Aquino
Brayan Bello
Jose Bens
Marco Cardoso
Felix Cepeda
Alejandro Crisostomo
Denny Daza
Danny Diaz
Antoni Flores
Daniel Flores
Andres Gari
Ruben Hernandez
Leonel Jimenez
Gilberto Jimenez
Yordin Lozano
Bryan Lucas
Carlos Martinez
Robinson Montero
Luis Mota
Nixon Munoz
Jose Navas
Emerson Ortiz
Gabriel Perez
Renzeng Qiangba
Gabriel Quintero
Brandon Rincones
Jesus Rosillo
Kelvin Sanchez
Gregori Segovia
Angel Sosa
Nelson Teran
Wilker Vargas

   
         
Minor League Free Agency Explained

Governing Rules. Minor League Free Agency is governed by Article XX of the CBA, Rule 55 of the Major League Rules,  and Addendum A to the Minor League Uniform Player Contract. 

Minor League Contract Length.  Amateur players (whether drafted, undrafted, or international) signing their first professional contracts generally sign minor league contracts that allow the signing organization to have seven (7) seasons of control of that player, after which point that player can become a minor league free agent (“MLFA”).  For example, Keith Couch signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox in 2010.  He played seven seasons with the organization (2010-2016) and became a minor league free agent following the 2016 season.

Commencement of Minor League Contracts. The contracts of drafted players and undrafted free agents must commence in the season in which they were drafted or signed.  For example, the first year of Mookie Betts' minor league contract was 2011, even though he signed on August 15 that year, with only a couple weeks left in the minor league season. The rules did not permit the club to sign him to a contract commencing in 2012.  For international players, minor league contracts may commence the following season if the player signs on or after July 2 (often referred to as a "Future Contract").  For example, the first year of Rafael Devers' minor league contract was 2014, because he signed a Future Contract on July 2, 2013.

Major League Contracts. A minor league contract is replaced with a major league contract if and when a player is added to the 40-man roster.  Major league contracts are governed by different rules and timelines. So while a club technically has seven years of control prior to minor league free agency, the club will often need to add highly-regarded prospects to the 40-man roster prior to the end of that period, because that players' performance has merited it, either to join the active roster of the major league club or for protection from selection in the Rule 5 Draft.

Timing of Free Agency. On or before August 1 of each season, the Commissioner's Office is required to circulate a list of players who are eligible to become MLFAs in the upcoming off-season.  An eligible player may sign a "successor contract" with his current team prior to October 15, and therefore would not become a MLFA.  On the fifth day after the end of the World Series, remaining eligible players officially become MLFAs and may sign with other clubs.

Exceptions. There are some exceptions to the seven year minor leagye free agency period:

Article XX(D) Free Agents. Any player: (1) with 3+ years of major league service time and whose contract is assigned outright to a minor league club; or (2) whose contract is assigned outright to a minor league club for the second time or any subsequent time in his career may elect, in lieu of accepting such assignment, to become a MLFA. For example, the Red Sox attempted to outright Anthony Varvaro to Pawtucket in November 2015.  He had 3 years and 121 days of major league service time at that point.  Varvaro elected to refuse the outright assignment and become a free agent.

Restricted List.  If a player is placed on the Restricted List (suspended) at any point in a given season, that entire season will not count for service towards minor league free agency, and therefore the player's eligibility will be extended for another year.  Players have the right to appeal this. For example, Tyler Spoon was suspended for a portion of the 2017 season. While his original contract called for him to be eligible for minor league free agency after the 2021 season, this rule pushes elgibility back to the 2022 season.

Second Pro Contract.  Sometimes minor league players are signed to minor league contracts by a new organization after being released by their original organization prior to when their original contract would have expired had they not been released. In those circumstances, the player usually signs a one-year minor league deal with the new club.  However, on occasion the player signs a multi-year deal.  For example, Dustin Lawley signed his original 7-year minor league contract with the Mets in 2011.  The Mets released him prior to the 2015 season, with what would have been 3 years left of team control. The Red Sox then signed Lawley later in 2015.  At that point, the Red Sox could have signed him to a one-year deal, or they could have signed a multi-year deal through the 2017 season (or some other time period).  

 
 
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