February 28, 2021

Quick Hits: Termination Pay, Minor Leaguers, Travel (MLB Trade Rumors)

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have agreed to issue 45 days of termination pay to those players on non-guaranteed contracts who do not make their team’s 40-man roster, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports (Twitter link).  The dollar amount of this payment is yet unknown, though it still represents a positive step taken by the league to support the players who might be affected most by baseball’s shutdown.  Teams will have until the day before the beginning of the season to finalize those roster decisions.

Under normal circumstances, we would be approaching the five-day deadline prior to the original March 26th Opening Day for teams to decide on options for Article XX(B) free agents, who make up a big portion of the list of players on non-guaranteed deals.  Even since the shutdown, we’ve seen a few cases of teams selecting such players (i.e. the Blue Jays and Joe Panik) to their 40-man rosters in order to lock in their contracts for the 2020 season, since…

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