Minor League Free Agent Eligible Players

About Minor League Free Agency

Minor league players, like major league players, are eligible for free agency after a certain amount of time. If a minor league player is not on their major league organization's 40-man roster by the time of the expiration of their contract, they can declare free agency. A minor leaguer becomes a free agent after seven Minor League seasons. If a minor league player can not sign with another team, that player has the option to play in an Independent League for a season before returning to play for another major league organization. The purpose of minor league free agency is to avoid players being blocked in the majors by one team, and being relegated to spend the bulk of their prime years in the minors.

Pirates 2010-11 Eligible Players

The following players are eligible to become minor league free agents after the 2010 season. Players who elect to stay with the Pirates are eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft. Players in bold have already elected to become free agents.

Brian Bass
Doug Bernier
Rodolfo Cardona
Luke Carlin
Vinnie Chulk
Neal Cotts
Hector Gimenez
Corey Hamman
Derek Hankins
Brandon Jones
Erik Kratz
Wilfredo Ledezma
Jean Machi
Kevin Melillo
Dustin Molleken
Brandon Moss
Brian Myrow
Hayden Penn
Greg Picart
Jeremy Powell
Milver Reyes
James Skelton
Justin Thomas
Jonathan Van Every
Tyler Yates