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how do draftee/rookie contracts work?

Postby Zhangman1 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:32 am

I'm sure everyone has heard the $50 million price tag on Strasburg. But what exactly does that buy a team? Is it just 6 years of control?

Can someone explain the contract structure of a draftee and how the rookie contract works with the arbitration and super-2 stuff? or point me to somewhere I can read up on this stuff?
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Re: how do draftee/rookie contracts work?

Postby neoforce » Thu Apr 02, 2009 7:01 am

I'm not an expert on this stuff, but I think you have it right. The signing bonus covers the years of control. The bonus is the players to keep, and then the player first gets league minimum, then eligible for arbitration, then eligible for free agency. Super-2 just speeds up when the player is eligible for arbitration.

here is a good starting point: ... rbitration

Also at ... Draft.html scroll down to the signing draft pick section

Of course it is possible to sign a player at any time to a long term contract and extend the control based on the contract. (e.g. what TB did with Longoria.) But I don't remember that ever happening for a draftee, only for someone approaching or in arbitration years.
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