The pre-draft phase will follow the following steps, in
- Each that is team losing a Star Player slot due to the
Parity Rule or due to a temporary overage as the result
of a trade must decide on who to let go at this time.
- Each team with potential incoming MLB regulars
(colored bright red or bright orange on the Excel file)
will make a decision on these players.
- Each team will make decision regarding any
compensation they owe. The Commissioner will remind each
team that owes compensation, and inform them of their
- Each team may make a decision on any outgoing
Type-B free agents (salmon-colored on the Excel sheet).
Each team will then submit a pre-draft 30-man
roster. If a team has more players than the maximum
number allowed under contract (green-colored players on
the Excel sheet) they must release players until they
are at or under the legal limit.
- Because some, if not most, outgoing Type-Bs are not
likely to be under serious consideration to be
slotted, this allows those players to move on to their
new teams before the draft.
- The “decline to slot” decision is optional,
but also irrevocable. If a team isn’t sure
they won’t be slotting a specific outgoing Type-B
player during the draft, they should hold onto him at
- After these decisions have been made the
Commissioner will move any “declined to slot” Type-B’s
to their new teams. These players will now be
considered “under contract” to their new teams and
will be colored green on the updated Excel files
(which the Commissioner will post shortly after each
team has made their declarations).
- The pre-draft roster should not include any
outgoing free agents; it should only include
players who are already under contract (those colored
green, plus any players colored bright red or bright
orange that have been retained).
- An incoming MLB regular (bright red or bright
orange) who has not been accepted remains with the
previous year’s MLB team. A player who has been
released to make room for an incoming MLB regular goes
to the incoming regular’s previous MLB team.
- A Negro League or MLB player released from a Star
Player slot becomes a Type-A free agent.
- A minor league player released from a Star
Player slot becomes a Type-C free agent (no matching
- If it seems simpler for a team to submit a list of
“cuts” rather than a list of “keeps”, it may do so.
The team should make sure the “keeps” number 30 or
The draft will follow the following steps, in order:
- Options on some types of outgoing free agents
must be prioritized. A team wishing to retain a Type-A
free agent must do so in the First Round (if they are
retaining two Type-A’s, they must do so in the First and
Second Rounds, etc.).
- Aside from that, Rounds One and Two are “free” rounds,
i.e., there is no other restriction to what type of free
agent may be selected (non-outgoing Type-A,
Type-B, Freebie, etc.).
- If at least one team is getting one or more additional
Flex slots due to the Parity Rule, a Supplemental
Round in between Rounds One and Two will be added.
In the Supplemental Round only the teams with added
Parity Rule slots will draft. A team may have more than
one turn in the Supplemental Round.
- After Round Two (not the supplemental
round) is complete, all teams will declare which, if
any, of their remaining outgoing Type-B (red) free
agents they intend to retain.
Following these declarations, Type-B free agents who
are not being retained will go to their new teams.
All teams will then submit a provisional
30-man roster (including any of their outgoing Type-B
(red) and Type-C (blue) free agents they wish to retain.
- After Round Two, Type-B free agent picks have
priority. If the team is retaining one Type-B free
agent, they must select him at the first opportunity
(generally Round Three). If a team is retaining two
Type-B free agents, they must select them in the next
two rounds (Rounds Three and Four).
Immediately after the draft all Type-C free agents
that have been successfully retained will “turn green”
on the final, post-draft Excel files.
- A Type-B (red) free agent requires the team to use a
draft turn to retain him
- A Type-C (blue) free agent does not require
the team to use a draft turn to retain him; he is
retained simply by being put on the provisional roster
(unless another team drafts him using a Minor
League Star or Flex slot).
- Any players (excluding those who were in Star Player
slots) who are not on a provisional roster
after Round Two are considered to have been released,
and become Type-D (brown) free agents (Freebies).
- The provisional roster is not the final roster;
Type-C free agents who are on a provisional roster can
still be drafted by other teams (using a Minor League
Miscellaneous Draft Rules
- The draft has five rounds (not counting any
- A team may pass during a round. A team may may also
make “retroactive” selections in a later round to “catch
up” (e.g., a team that has made only one pick in the
first three rounds combined is allowed to make three
picks in Round Four).
- An additional round may be added to allow a team to
fill a Star Player slot if the team has used all
previous rounds to fill Star Player slots (i.e., if a
team decides to fill all six of its Star Player slots in
a single draft, a sixth round will be made available for
them to complete the process).
Undrafted Freebies are still eligible to be signed after
the draft on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shortly
after the draft ends (the next day, usually), the
Commissioner will advance the game calendar to the
beginning of Spring Training, at which point some
undrafted Freebies will have been signed by NL and AL
teams (by the OOTP A.I.). These players will no longer be
eligible to be signed by PCL teams.
During the season the only players that can be signed by
PCL teams are:
- Players on the Freebies list who are not on MLB teams
- Players that MLB teams have released (i.e., “in-game”
free agents) that at one time played in the PCL in real
The OOTP A.I. is capable of making bizarre decisions at
times, and sometimes the game releases a player who no
sane person would ever release. Although this doesn’t seem
to happen as often as it did with earlier versions of the
game, it is still a possibility. These “obviously
shouldn’t have been released” players will not be eligible
to be signed by PCL teams, and will generally be
reassigned to a MLB team once the Commissioner has become
aware of them.