Originally Posted by Vada Pinson Fan
I just received a Private Message and was told that EZ is indeed a minor league FA. What is the rule that allowed Elizardo to become a free agent? Clarification wise, I mean. Don't you have to be a 6 year minor leaguer with the same (Major League) team owning your rights for that entire period? I haven't read the MLFA rule in so long, I have forgotten. So with EZ being on the Reds for some time, how does he get to be a free agent?
The answer to this would be extremely appreciated.
Vada Pinson Fan
He was on the 40 man and cleared waivers to be outrighted to AAA which means as of the end of the season he became a minor league FA.
The Rule 5 provisions and the minor league 6 year rule apply to guys who have never been on a major league 40 roster. Once you've been on a 40 man and you come off by clearing waivers and being outrighted, you are a minor league free agent between seasons.