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2014 Indians Major League and Minor League free agents

2014 Indians Major League and Minor League free agents
Jason Giambi is the Indians lone free agent and is not expected to be back. (Photo: AP)
October 25, 2014
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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), 

Catchers: Dusty BrownLuke Carlin, Matt Colantonio, Alex Monsalve

Infielders: Adam AbrahamRussell BranyanAudy CiriacoDavid CooperElliot JohnsonBryan LaHair,Jaime PedrozaRyan Rohlinger

Outfielders: Matt CarsonTim FedroffOllie Linton**

** - 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.

User Comments

Tony
November 7, 2014 - 4:02 PM EST
Not sure yet....no confirmation. The only resignings I have confirmed are Cook and Linton.
Harv
November 7, 2014 - 4:01 PM EST
Tony, so I would think that they have resigned
Trey Haley as he is on the Akron roster, and
Alex Monsalve is on the Lynchburg roster.
Tony
November 7, 2014 - 1:51 PM EST
The Wallace listing is a mistake....I am correcting.
Harv
November 7, 2014 - 1:47 PM EST
Tony, how does Chris Wallace qualify as his first year
was 2010 which is only 5 years.
Tony
November 7, 2014 - 12:51 PM EST
Harv, all three of those players are eligible for free agency based on the rules for establishing free agency. Haley no doubt is a free agent as he was DFAed and outrighted last season. Plus he was in the same draft as Clayton Cook (who was a free agent who was resigned this offseason). The fact the players are not listed may mean they have already been resigned.....which I have not yet verified.
Harv
November 7, 2014 - 12:37 PM EST
I see on MILB 6 year minor league free agent list that
(C) Alex Monsalve, (C) Chris Wallace and
(P) Trey Haley are not listed as minor league free agents.
Ryan
October 27, 2014 - 10:27 PM EDT
I thought Haley was the one that the FO chose to protect over McFarland in the Rule V when they lost McFarland to the O's, but I think I am wrong because I remember the alternative being a LHP as well, like McFarland.
Tony
October 26, 2014 - 2:14 AM EDT
Marcum is a possibility. But you never really know with these things. The Indians know his medical situation and may not feel he is worth bringing back, even for a small minor league deal. I do expect them to sign 2-3 veteran starting pitchers either in the minors or big leagues to have as possible depth starting options at Columbus. They need depth but also guys to eat innings at AAA like Arias and Cloyd and others did this year.
MT88 in WI
October 26, 2014 - 1:02 AM EDT
Tony - do you think Marcum is likely to return or does the Tribe have someone else (besides Cloyd) in mind? I'd prefer to see the Tribe sign/ have a person that can be at AAA yet push for a major league rotation spot during the spring. Never know what injuries will happen or when they will appear but its smart to have multiple arms ready.. Tomlin is only 1 possible (seeing he still has an option)...
Tony
October 26, 2014 - 12:35 AM EDT
I'd like to try and bring Ciriaco back. He's not a ML option, but he's a nice depth guy for the AAA team who can play many positions. Hope he returns. Araujo is the most valuable player on this list, so I'd like to try and keep him too. And just for Triple-A starting depth I would like one of Arias or Cloyd to return.

By the way, Madthinker, Tomlin has options remaining.
Jimmy
October 25, 2014 - 7:46 PM EDT
Reviewing list and think Andy Ciriaco would be a good young player to keep. He can play second base, short stop and first base and hit 15 homers with 70 RBI at Columbus.
Also would like to keep Elvis Araujo. young and left handed.
The rest losing would be OK
Tony
October 25, 2014 - 7:12 PM EDT
Roger, a quick note on Cook. He's really not much of a prospect anymore, unfortunately. Still has a chance to bounce back some, but the odds at this point are very against him. He's going to be more along the lines of a depth guy next year at AA/A+ to start/relieve....like a Brach and Espino.
MT88 in WI
October 25, 2014 - 1:33 PM EDT
Sign Marcum to a minor league deal with a May 30 opt out date.

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...
Roger
October 25, 2014 - 12:09 PM EDT
the only listed player i want to hang on too is clayton cook who is resigned. Cook due to injuries is prolly about to return to what he was prior to the injury, which is a prospect in the fast lane. although no longer young for the level he is at. Arias did a nice job of eating innings however his agent prolly looks at the availability of him lasting the season in the show prolly would like a change of scenerie. Other than those 2 i really dont see any short term help from the entire list above. there are quite a few additions we need to add to the 40 man to prevent losing them in the title 5 draft.

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