• The annual transaction freeze will be immediate instead of through the final championship game.  

 

  • Prior to October 27, 2017, all Owners will be provided a spreadsheet with their current roster.  Owners will need to indicate which players they wish to protect.  This file will be due to the CO by 11:59pm on November 7th. Each Owner will be allowed to protect a total of 25 players:
    • 3 players with contracts ending in 2018
    • 3 players with contracts ending in 2019
    • 1 player with contracts ending in 2020
    • 3 players with contracts ending in 2018 through 2020 (wildcard)
      • No more than 2 wildcard protections can be used on contracts ending in 2020
    • 15 players on your minor league team
  • The expansion draft will begin on or around November 14, 2017.  The following are the pertinent details of that draft:
    • Draft order will be determined randomly on November 8th.
    • All other draft rules will follow the existing minor league draft rules.
    • 20 rounds (which means expansion teams will finish the draft with 20 players).
    • Expansion teams may select any player with a contract ending in 2018, 2019, or 2020 that was not protected by their current team.
    • Teams may lose no more than 5 players, of which only 2 players may have 2020 contracts.
    • Selecting eligible players is the responsibility of the drafting team.  If a team selects a player that is not eligible (either protected or after a tenured team has hit its max players lost), that team will be skipped in the selection process.  The invalid selection can be corrected at any time.
  • Following the expansion draft, we will hold an expansion rookie draft.  The following are the pertinent details of that draft:
    • Draft order will be the reverse of the expansion draft.
    • All other draft rules will follow the existing minor league draft rules
    • 20 rounds
    • The maximum number of players that may be lost by a single team is 5.
  • Other rule changes
    • The league rulebook will be adjusted to decrease the maximum size of a minor league team back to the 25 that existed prior to last year.  We feel that with the loss of up to 5 players in the draft and promotions, more than 25 minor league spots is excessive this year.  We may revisit this rule next offseason.
      • This anticipates that, after the draft brings teams down to 24 or 25 players and after promotions of remaining players this off-season (especially given the change to when rookies must be promoted discussed below), teams will have ample space this upcoming summer for the minor league draft.

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