Minor League Transactions Glossary

Minor League Transactions Glossary

The minor league transactions glossary is for the convenience of the readers of ChicagoCubsOnline. The information on this page is from Cot’s Baseball Contracts and is not original content. Jeff Euston of Cot’s Baseball Contracts is the author of this content and an expanded transactions glossary, as well as contract details for all 30 Major League teams, can be found at Cot’s Baseball Contracts.

Minor League Rosters

Minor League rosters consist of an Active List (players eligible to play) and a Reserve List (the entire roster). Players may be loaned to other minor league clubs, but they must be returned by Sept. 30. Minor League clubs may place injured players on the disabled list for seven (7) day or 60 days (the Emergency Disabled List). As with players in the majors, players on the Minor League 60-day disabled list do not count against either roster limit. Age restrictions do not apply to players on rehab assignments.

Reserve List Roster Limits
  • Triple-A Clubs – 38 players
  • Double-A Clubs – 37 players
  • Single-A Clubs (and lower) – 35 players
Active List Roster Limits
  • Triple-A Clubs24 players
  • Double-A Clubs24 players

  • High-A and Low-A Clubs25 players with no more than two players with more than five years of minor league service time
  • Short-Season Class-A Clubs30 players (no more than 25 players may be used in a single game) Effective on July 1, the active list must include at least ten (10) pitchers, no more than four (4) players may be 23 years old or older and no more than three (3) players may have four (4) or more years of minor league service time.
  • Advanced Rookie Clubs35 players (no more than 30 players may be used in a single game) Effective on July 1, the active list must include at least 10 pitchers, no more than 12 players may be 21 years or older, no more than two (2) players may be 23 years or older, no player may have more than two (2) years as a professional, and no player may have three (3) of more years of minor league service time.
  • Rookie Clubs35 players (no more than 30 players may be used in a single game) Effective on July 1, the active list must include at least 10 pitchers, no more than eight (8) players may be 20 years old or older, including two (2) drafted players and four (4) undrafted players how are at least 21 years old and no player may have more than two (2) years of minor league service time.
Minor League Free Agency

A player becomes eligible to sign with any organization as a minor league free agent when he has played six full minor league seasons with the club that drafted him. If a player is released, he becomes a minor league free agent upon expiration of any subsequent contract he signs.

Minor League Minimum Salary

For players on 40-man Rosters for at least the second year or for players with at least one day of Major League service.

  • 2014 – $81,500
  • 2015 – $81,500 + plus cost-of-living adjustment
  • 2016 – $81,500 + plus cost-of-living adjustment
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