Rule 9 - Assignment of Player Contracts


Notice


A club may assign a player's contract to another club. Upon notice, that player is bound to serve the assignee club. After the assignment, all rights of the assignor club in regards to that player shall become the rights of the assignee club, and the assignee shall be liable for all payments accruing after the assignment. If the assignee is a major league club, the assignee is required to pay the player the full rate salary according to the existing contract. If the assignee is a minor league club, the assignee is required to pay the "going rate" for a player of similar skill and ability at that level, and the assignor shall be required to make up the difference between the going rate and the contract rate (the clubs may contract otherwise under the assignment). The assignee is required to immediately pay the player's moving expenses based on the distance between the assignor and assignee home ballparks. Additionally, the player is entitled to be reimbursed for actual moving expenses and rental expenses that the player is obligated to pay in the city from which he is transferred. Reimbursement shall be paid from the assignee club, unless the contract is assigned from a major league club to a minor league club, in which case the major league club is obligated to pay the reimbursement. If a player is released by an assignee minor league club and the player would be due severance had he been released by his previous assignor major league club, the assignor is obligated to pay the severance. Written notice of assignment shall be given to a player once the Commissioner approves the assignment.

Time Limit


No minor league club shall assign a player contract to any other club from October 19 until the second day of the annual Minor League Association meeting. No contract of a major league player shall be assigned to a club of a lower classification from the third day prior to the Rule 5 Draft until the Rule 5 Draft has concluded.

Bonuses


When a major league player's contract includes a bonus provision, such bonus must be paid or adjusted with the assignor club before the Commissioner approves the assignment. The assignee club will assume only the basic salary stipulated by the contract. However, if the assignment is completed pursuant to an unconditional release waiver claim, the assignor must pay the bonuses due at the assignment and the assignee assumes any further bonuses that accrue after the assignment.

Veteran Players


The contract of a player with 5+ years of major league service time shall not be assigned to a minor league club without the player's written consent.

Consent to Assignment (10/5 Rights)


The contract of a player with 10+ years of major league service time, the last five with the same club shall not be assigned to any club without the player's written consent.

Injury Rehabilitation


Major League: With the written consent of the player and the Commissioner’s approval, a player on the disabled list may be assigned to a minor league club for a rehabilitation assignment for a maximum period of 20 days (non-pitchers) or 30 days (pitchers). A player so assigned will continue to receive his major league salary. A player shall accrue major league service time while on such assignment. A rehabilitation assignment does not trigger the use of an option. Waivers are not required for such an assignment.

Minor League: A player on the minor league disabled list may be assigned to a lower classification for a rehabilitation assignment, but there shall not be more than 3 such players on any one minor league club. Rehabilitation assignments shall not exceed 20 days (non-pitchers) or 30 days (pitchers). The player will collect salary from the assignor club; the player shall not count against the player limits for the assignee cub.