It’s not just Major League free agency that is upon us. Minor League free agency is also here. Over the weekend 21 now former Cincinnati Reds minor league players elected to become free agents. For some of them it will be their first chance to test the waters. For others, they’ve been down this road before.
Those making their first drip into the free agency waters could see a good increase in pay as they will have some actual bargaining ability and aren’t held to the standard pre-free agency pay scale for minor leaguers, which mostly, is laughably offensive.
Here are the 21 players who have chosen free agency:
|C.J. McElroy||OF||AZL, PEN, LOU|
|Dilson Herrera||2B||DBT, LOU, CIN|
|Domingo Tapia||RHP||PEN, LOU|
|Gabriel Guerrero||OF||PEN, LOU, CIN|
|Jeremy Kivel||RHP||BIL, DBT|
|Jose Duarte||C||Did Not Play|
|Kevin Canelon||LHP||DBT, PEN|
|Malik Collymore||OF||DAY, DBT, PEN|
|Mason Williams||OF||LOU, CIN|
|Mitch Nay||3B/1B||DBT, PEN|
|Rob Wooten||RHP||AZL, LOU|
Now, it’s worth noting that the Reds could have kept control of anyone on this list. All they had to do was place them on the 40-man roster. They, however, chose to not do that. Two of the players, Dilson Herrera and Mason Williams were removed from the 40-man last week. Gabriel Guerrero was also removed from the 40-man roster after the season, but his removal was immediate.
The Cincinnati Reds will certainly be active in the market to bring free agents in on minor league deals. They may even try to bring some of these guys back. It will certainly be interesting to see who they go after in this market, and if they hand out any invites to spring training via minor league free agency.
Baseball America usually has a list of all the minor league free agents shortly after the period begins. When that list comes out I will create a new post about it and discuss some possible options to look into.