SoSH Glossary: Signed for Future Service

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Signed for Future Service

After July 1, amateur players can be signed for future service for two different reasons. The first (and by far the most common) reason is if an international player is 16 years old and, therefore, not eligible to play that season. The second reason is if there are extenuating circumstances that prevent the player from playing that year (for example, a college football player). This allows the player to receive a potential signing bonus immediately but the team doesn’t have to place the player on an active roster or the reserve roster of the club the player will be assigned to. It also allows the player to play in the fall and winter instructional leagues such as the Arizona Fall League. The player is not allowed to participate in any major league or minor league games during the season that he signed.

The player does not have to be added to an active roster until the opening day for the club to which he is being assigned. He also cannot be released until he has spent 15 days in spring training with the minor league club. The only international players eligible to be signed for future contracts are 16-year-olds that sign between July 2 and August 31.


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