C. Right to Require Assignment of Contract
Any Player who has 5 or more years of Major League service at
the time of the assignment of his contract and whose contract covers
the next succeeding season, may elect, at the conclusion of the
season following the assignment, to require that his contract be
assigned to another Club.
If the Player, however, subsequently signs
a contract with the assignee Club, the Player shall not be eligible to
require that Club to assign his contract if the contract executed with
the assignee Club covers the next succeeding season. A Player who
requires the assignment of his contract pursuant to this Section C
shall not be entitled to receive a Moving Allowance.
(a) Notice. A Player may exercise his right to require the
assignment of his contract by giving notice as hereinafter provided
within the 15 day period beginning on October 15 (or the day
following the last game of the World Series, whichever is later).
Election to require the assignment of his contract shall be communicated
by telephone or any other method of communication
by the Player to the Association. Written notice thereof shall then
be given within the specified time limits by the Association, on
behalf of the Player, to a designated representative of the LRD,
and shall become effective upon receipt.
(b) Player Veto Rights. At the time notice is given as provided
in subparagraph (a) above, the Player may also designate not
more than 6 Clubs which he will not accept as assignee of his
contract, and the Player’s Club shall be bound to assign his contract
thereafter to a Club not on such list.
(c) Free Agency if Assignment Not Made. If the Player’s
Club fails to assign his contract, as set forth in this Section C, on
or before March 15, the Player shall become a free agent immediately
eligible to negotiate a contract with any Club without any
restrictions or qualifications. The Player shall not be deemed to
have exercised his right to demand a trade, for purposes of paragraph
(5) below, and the Club signing such a free agent shall do
so without regard to the compensation and quota provisions of
Section B. A Player who becomes a free agent pursuant to this
subparagraph shall not be entitled to receive termination pay.
Such a free agent shall receive transportation and travel expenses
in the same manner as he would have if he had been unconditionally
released except he shall be limited to receiving travel
expenses to his new Club if he reports to it directly, provided such
expenses are less than to his home city.