FA Compensation Change

(The following change will take effect at the conclusion of the 2020 season.)

In an attempt to match the recent MLB CBA, MLB Pro will undergo a change to our free-agent compensation rules. The following system recreates the latest CBA in what is hopefully a much easier to follow and understand set of rules.

  1. In order to qualify for any compensation, players must be offered an in-game qualifying offer.
  2. If a player declines the qualifying offer, he will become a free-agent.

Once a player becomes a free-agent, the following system is in order:

If a player signs a contract…The team losing the player…The team signing the player…
W/ a total value when signed of
$45,000,000 or more
. [Category 1]
Gets a pick between Rounds 1 & 2Loses a 2nd round pick
W/ a total value when signed of
less than $45,000,000
. [Category 2]
Gets a pick between Rounds 2 & 3Loses a 3rd round pick

-If a team signs multiple free-agents who have qualified for compensation, they will lose the next highest pick available from the category. [I.E. Team X signs two players from Category 1, it loses a 2nd and 3rd round pick, whereas Team Y who signed two players from Category 2 would loses a 3rd and a 4th round pick.

Total value will include any and all option years in determining the value of a contract. Bonuses are not included.