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Brewer Minor League Free Agents After the 2012 Season


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First of all, thanks to Chris (Minigoon) who collaborates each year with me on this list.

 

Following is a list of players who are free to leave the organization in mid-October when minor league free agency begins. These players and the Brewers could agree to sign an additional one-year minor league deal to extend the relationship. Or the Brewers could add the player to the 40-man roster, thus extending the "ownership" of the player.

 

A player who has exhausted all seven years of his original minor league affiliation to the organization that signed him is eligible. Here are the Brewers farmhands who have been with the organization for their full commitment (or even longer in the case of Tim Dillard and Anderson De la Rosa). We've been following these eight guys their whole pro careers.

 

C Anderson De La Rosa

RHP Tim Dillard -- Elected minor league free agency

RHP Amaury Rivas

RHP Evan Anundsen

1B/OF Brock Kjeldgaard -- SIGNED TO A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT FOR 2013

RHP Mike McClendon

LHP Mike Ramlow

RHP Rolando Pascual

 

Ramlow and Pascual have not appeared in a game in 2012, but each was included in the spring media guide, and MiLB.com shows them as active (not released). Regardless, they are free agent eligible this fall.

 

Other potential (and likely) free agents:

 

IF Erick Almonte

RHP Brian Baker

IF Domnit Bolivar

OF/1B Jordan Brown

C Dayton Buller -- SIGNED TO A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT FOR 2013, ALSO GETS A MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING INVITE

RHP Josh Butler

RHP Darren Byrd -- SIGNED TO A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT FOR 2013, ALSO GETS A MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING INVITE

RHP Vinnie Chulk -- Elected minor league free agency

IF Hector Gomez -- SIGNED TO A MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACT FOR 2013, ALSO GETS A MAJOR LEAGUE SPRING TRAINING INVITE

IF Andy Gonzalez

RHP Brandon Kintzler -- ADDED TO 40-MAN ROSTER 9/3

IF Edwin Maysonet -- Elected minor league free agency

OF Corey Patterson

LHP Juan Perez -- Elected minor league free agency

C Humberto Quintero

RHP Jesus Sanchez -- ADDED TO 40-MAN ROSTER 10/17

IF/OF Juan Sanchez

IF Hainley Statia

LHP Mitch Stetter

LHP Phillippe Valiquette

RHP Claudio Vargas

 

If you believe a player is listed in error or have an addition, let us know. We believe we're close, but don't claim to be 100% accurate.

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Once a player's original affiliated contract is terminated, should a player then subsequently be signed by the Brewers, the deal is normally signed to cover the remaining years left until minor league free agency is earned. So if a player spent four seasons with another organziation and was then released, the Brewers would sign that player to a contract worded in such a way that the Brewers would retain rights to the player over the next three seasons.

 

For instance, Huntsville RHP Johnnie Lowe is in his 6th year of pro ball. The Brewers signed Lowe this April after his release by the White Sox. Lowe doesn't become a minor league free agent this October just because his initial affiliated contract was terminated. The Brewers still own his rights for his 7th pro season as well (players qualify for minor league free agent eligibility after seven pro seasons).

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Links are to career stats:

 

One way to prevent a player from reaching minor league free agency is to add them to the 40-man roster. This would be done in early October, shortly after the big league season completes.

 

RHP Brandon Kintzler is going to be an interesting candidate, as might be fellow RHP's Jesus Sanchez, the converted Phillies catcher who has only been pitching for four seasons, and even RHP Darren Byrd.

 

Feel free to post your predictions here, but I'll say Kintzler and Sanchez get added (in Brandon's case, re-added) to the 40-man roster.

 

And of course, any number of players will be asked to re-sign for an additional season (De La Rosa, Maysonet, and Statia did so last fall).

 

The players and the players' agents will have to weigh that offer vs. the offers they may see elsewhere, where not only money, but perhaps better opportunity, await. On the other hand, not getting any offer from an affiliated club has to be a pretty scary scenario for some of these vets. If the Brewers can't "hold" offers to extend indefinitely, players could find themselves out in the cold.

 

A few players won't be lacking for suitors (24-year-old Evan Anundsen comes to mind here).

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Please be patient on discussing Rule 5 protection possibilities.

 

That will involve a list of players still under Brewer control for 2013, so it will be a separate thread from this one, and the players listed above won't cross over to that list.

 

We'll have that thread out some time next week.

 

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Something to keep in mind is that the initial list here doesn't currently include players who may be dropped from the current 40-man roster immediately after the season ends, and who would have enough service time to qualify for minor league free agency (think candidates like Cody Ransom). Nor obviously does it include players who will be free agents on the big league level (Shaun Marcum, etc.)

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Now, I have emailed Matt Eddy, Baseball America's transaction guru, for clarification, and am awaiting his response. Folks here on the board (in particular DHonks) have referred to the impact that spending full seasons in the Dominican and/or Venezuelan Summer Leagues has on service time. But it's not something that I'm specifically seeing detailed online. Here's what I sent Matt:

 

Hi Matt. We're putting together our annual Brewer list, and my question pertains to how the DSL and/or VSL seasons factor into the normal seven-year minor league free agent eligibilty system.

 

Let's use for example infielder Domnit Bolivar

 

His first pro season was in the VSL only. I've seen folks post that those seasons don't count towards the counting years, but I have my doubts. If his first season counted, 2012 is his 7th year.

 

Let's look at Juan Sanchez:

 

He's actually been a pro for eight seasons, but his first three seasons (2005 not shown at link), were all spent in the DSL and/or VSL. Does that mean his counting years didn't begin until 2008, making 2013 only his sixth pro season for this execrise?

 

Does the counting years rule in this regard (non-stateside seasons) act the same for Rule 5 eligibility?

 

Thanks for any insights you can provide.

 

Jim G.

 

Here's a link I favorited, it's actually from the cubreporter.com. It includes all kinds of good stuff in a readable format, with the minor league stuff at/near the bottom of the linked page. I did not see reference to the discussion above.

 

So if you find a link that helps us out in this regard, please, please post it here.

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Some interesting names out there. I think Brandon Kintzler and Jesus Sanchez will get September calls. I would think Darren Byrd and Evan Anundsen would be priority signings. Maybe a ST invite to sweeten the offer. I could see Stetter getting and offer and ST invite. Anderson de la Rosa seems to have an open invite every year. Could see that being the case again this off season. Quintero would be some nice insurance, but I would expect him to be seeking a MLB deal. Jordan Brown, Andy Gonzalez, and Hainley Statia are all nice upper level players.
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I started a thread about this, but what happens with Scarpetta? Due to the unique situation surrounding his signing and re-signing after he was drafted, is he due to become a FA this off-season?

 

I was under the impression because he was actually injured, that his initial contract was negated, and then due to MLB rules, we had to sign him to an Major League contract...which is why the 4th option year last year was so important.

 

Where does he fit into this equation?

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I started a thread about this, but what happens with Scarpetta? Due to the unique situation surrounding his signing and re-signing after he was drafted, is he due to become a FA this off-season?

 

Scarpetta is on the 40 man roster so he won't become a minor league free agent. It will be interesting to see what happens to him though as he is out of options. Next spring the Brewers will either have to keep him on the 25 man roster (bullpen option?) or they will have to waive him. If he clears waivers, they can then send him to the minors. Its quite likely he will clear waivers as teams may be unwilling to claim him and keep him on their roster.

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5. A position player making a position change to pitcher or a pitcher making a position change to position player receives a one-year exemption from minor league service time restrictions. NOTE: A position player being converted to a pitcher may not be used as a position player in a minor league game during the exempt year, and a pitcher being converted to a position player may not be used as a pitcher in a minor league game during the exempt year.

 

I found that regarding Hitaniel Arias and Brock Kjeldgaard...still looking for proof on what was reported a year or so ago

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RHP's Tim Dillard and Vinny Chulk have formally elected free agency, as per Baseball America.

 

They are able to do so because they were on the 40-man roster for a portion of 2012. Others on the initial post in this thread will become formal free agents just after the World Series, I believe.

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From August 20th:

 

Links are to career stats:

 

One way to prevent a player from reaching minor league free agency is to add them to the 40-man roster. This would be done in early October, shortly after the big league season completes.

 

RHP Brandon Kintzler is going to be an interesting candidate, as might be fellow RHP's Jesus Sanchez, the converted Phillies catcher who has only been pitching for four seasons, and even RHP Darren Byrd.

 

Feel free to post your predictions here, but I'll say Kintzler and Sanchez get added (in Brandon's case, re-added) to the 40-man roster.

 

RHP Jesus Sanchez was kept from escaping as a minor league free agent when he was added to the 40-man roster today.

 

(In case you missed it, RHP Darren Byrd, also mentioned above, signed a minor league one-year extension deal with the Brewers and received an invite to major league spring training. The difference in the two is that Byrd could still be plucked in Rule 5 in December.)

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Now that infielder Hector Gomez (career stats) has been removed from the 40-man roster and cleared waivers (outrighted to Nashville), he has been added to the post leading off this thread as qualifying for minor league free agency after the World Series.

 

Gomez has now played seven minor league seasons, so even though he'll only turn 25 in May, he is slated to hit the open market. Now, it wouldn't be a surprise at all to read in the next one or two Baseball America weekly transaction updates that the Brewers have re-signed him to a minor league deal for 2013. There's certainly opportunity to fill middle infield positions at AA and AAA heading into next season.

 

Gomez was a curious waiver claim back on June 28th. His final option year was 2012, and that includes a 4th option year that he had been granted. And, as we're now seeing, if he were to be sneaked through waivers, he's free agent-eligible. He had a long list of injury issues (Tommy John surgery, fractured shin, back, groin), not to mention the unknown reasons he landed on Brevard's DL list August 3rd, sidelining him for the final month of this season.

 

This article from last June, prior to the Brewers' claim, talks about Gomez' family tragedy as well.

 

Actually, the Brewers are lucky that the claim of Gomez didn't cost them a valuable piece going forward. To make room for Gomez on the 40-man roster, the Brewers exposed reliever Brandon Kintzler to waivers. If Kintzler stays healthy and continues to produce in a cost-efficient way for the next several seasons, as many believe he can, Hector Gomez' footnote in Brewers history will be duly noted now and then as one of the more obscure and non-descript waiver claims of the Doug Melvin era.

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I was wondering what's the contract detail's of Mark Rogers? Wasn't he eligible for FA under the minor league rules and the Brewers signed him to a 1 year deal? If that is the case then don't they have to extend his contract? How many options would he have left? As you can see I'm new to this, but I'm wanting to get educated. Thanks.
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I was wondering what's the contract detail's of Mark Rogers? Wasn't he eligible for FA under the minor league rules and the Brewers signed him to a 1 year deal? If that is the case then don't they have to extend his contract? How many options would he have left? As you can see I'm new to this, but I'm wanting to get educated. Thanks.

 

Rogers was added to the 40-man roster November 19th, 2008 (career transactions).

 

He has subsequently used all his minor league options, including a specially-granted 4th year option that was used in spring 2012.

 

Mark must now remain on the big-league 25-man roster if he is to remain a Brewer. If he doesn't make the club out of spring training or at any point going forward, he would be designated for assignment, at which point he would undoubtedly be claimed by another team.

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