SoSH Glossary: Player To Be Named Later

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SoSH Baseball Glossary

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Player To Be Named Later

A Player To Be Named Later (PTBNL) is a mechanism used in a trade when one team would like more time to evaluate the player(s) it will be receiving. The teams may agree on when the PTBNL must be moved, but it can be no longer than six months from the date of the trade. The teams may also agree on an amount of money to transfer in lieu of the PTBNL. The PTBNL must be a minor leaguer and remain in the minors between the time of the trade’s submission to MLB and the transfer of the player.

How It Works:

When two teams are close to a deal, but the sides aren’t quite even, they will often make the deal and add a PTBNL to one side. Oftentimes there is a list of candidates who could be the PTBNL, and the team receiving the PTBNL will select the player they desire or the cash amount agreed upon at the time of the trade. Teams may put stipulations in place regarding the PTBNL if MLB accepts those stipulations, such as which team selects the PTBNL.

Notable Players Who Were PTBNL:

Pete Hodges has written about the call up of a top prospect, an odd tradition, and Leo the Lip.

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