2014 Indians Major League and Minor League free agents
Here are the free agents in the entire Cleveland Indians organization from the major league roster on down through the minors.
Major League Free Agents
Position players: Jason Giambi (DH)
The Indians also have only one non-tender candidate, catcher/infielder Chris Gimenez, and he looks certain to be non-tendered. If a player is non-tendered he becomes a free agent.
Minor League Free Agents
Pitchers: Elvis Araujo (LHP), Gabriel Arias (RHP), Matt Capps(RHP), Tyler Cloyd (RHP), Clayton Cook (RHP)**, Kyle Davies (RHP), Trey Haley (RHP), Mark Lowe (RHP),Shaun Marcum (RHP), Adam Miller (RHP), J.C. Ramirez (RHP),
** - resigned
Minor League Free Agency (Rule 55)
Who is eligible: If a player is not on the 40-man roster, a minor leaguer is eligible for free agency and becomes a minor league free agent (MLFA) six years after their first season ends with an organization. This is why they are often called “six year minor league free agents” because they become a free agent after six renewal options afforded to the major league organization have all expired.
In general, once a player has six full seasons in the minors he is eligible for minor league free agency. For example, if a player was drafted in June of 2008 and signed in July of the same year, then his renewal seasons were 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and he would be a minor league free agent after the 2014 season.
There is an exception to this rule for a player that has been released from their first organization before they have used up all six renewal options. When this happens and the player signs with another club, that organization has the option of signing the player to as many years as they want up until the expiration of their sixth renewable contract. In most cases, however, the new club opts to sign the player to a one year deal, and even if the player has not had six full seasons he would be a MLFA after that season.
Also, a player does not become a MLFA if they agree to a successor contract prior to October 15th. A successor contract is basically just an agreement between player and organization to extend and sign for the following season in the period between the end of the season and the start of minor league free agency (this is what happened with Adam Miller a few years ago).
Timeline: On August 1st the Commissioner issues a listing of all players eligible to become MLFAs for the upcoming offseason. On October 15th a player officially becomes a minor league free agent (MLFA) if the club that originally signed him no longer has one of their six renewal options available to them. On October 16th the Commissioner issues the final MLFA list to all clubs, and a MLFA may negotiate a deal with any major league club for a major league or minor league contract.
Trey Haley as he is on the Akron roster, and
Alex Monsalve is on the Lynchburg roster.
was 2010 which is only 5 years.
(C) Alex Monsalve, (C) Chris Wallace and
(P) Trey Haley are not listed as minor league free agents.
By the way, Madthinker, Tomlin has options remaining.
Also would like to keep Elvis Araujo. young and left handed.
The rest losing would be OK
Rotation needs major league ready depth with both Tomlin and McAllister out of options (think Zach is bullpen bound anyway). Unless they start House in the minors to give Tomlin the 5 spot, no one is down there ready to fill in for injury or ineffectiveness in April or May...