You can find a MiLB contract for 2018 by reviewing one of MLB’s rule books. Unfortunately, most drafted players and their parents do not know where to find this type of information.
The reason I wanted to move the ball forward by providing a link to the Minor League Uniform Player Contract is because I am seeing families fail at advocating on behalf of their Player. Yes, I just about lost my cool after reading about 8th round draft picks singing for $2,500, $7,500 and $10,000. Seriously, this is unacceptable.
Anyways, the transition from armature to professional is a huge jump. In my experience, drafted players can get caught in the emotion of getting selected by a Major League Club. It is ok to take a deep breath and step away. In fact, step aside for as long as is necessary. Then, consider taking these action steps.
MiLB Contract Action Steps
Players pursing an agreement pro se (by themselves) or with the help of a parent may want to consider the following game plan:
- Yes or no, is now a good time to turn pro?
- If yes, read their offer.
- If no, listen to their offer.
- Do you understand the offer?
- Consider negotiating for a new offer.
- Does making a counter offer make sense?
- Ask Questions.
- Clarify terms of the agreement.
- Read again.
If you remember anything, remember this:
Players are one-in-a-kind and in control.
The best plans are those that can change. Every contract is different because every player brings different value.
MiLB Contract in 2018 versus Past Seasons
Unfortunately, agreements in 2018 are far different from agreements entered into in the year 2017 or earlier. This is true because agreements signed prior to 2017 fell under a different set of rules. These rules come from the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) entered into between MLB and the MLBPA.
In other words, leading on a college or high school coach to determine what is fair or unfair as a result of past players is no longer the best option. Of course, past agreements are important in the negotiating process. But, “slotted values” for rounds 1-10 has added a new twist to a Player considering a MiLB contract.
Long story short, high school and college players have leverage.