Prior to the draft each team will submit the following:
- A decision (if necessary) on its Star Player slots. If
you are losing a Star Player slot due to the Parity Rule
you must decide who to let go.
- A decision on any incoming MLB regulars (colored
bright red or bright orange on the Excel sheet).
- Their decision regarding any compensation they owe.
The Commissioner will remind each team that owes
compensation, and inform them of their options.
- A pre-draft 30-man roster. If you have more
players than the maximum number allowed under contract
(those are the green-colored players on the Excel sheet)
you must release players until you are at or under the
legal limit. 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 under-contract (green) player who is released
becomes a Type-D free agent (a.k.a. Freebie) unless
he was occupying a Star Player slot.
- 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
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 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).
Teams may pass during a round, but when a GM is
relatively certain his team is done drafting, he should
declare the team “done”. A team which is “done”
still retains some options:
- 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
Once a GM has declared his team “done” he must
immediately submit a final 30-man roster
(including any Type-C Free Agents they wish to retain).
The roster can be amended as necessary if any of the
above options are exercised.
The draft has five rounds (not counting any
supplemental rounds) unless all teams have already
declared “done” prior to the seventh round. Teams that
have not submitted 35-man rosters must do so following
the completion of the draft (more or less immediately).
Additional rounds may be added to the draft to allow
teams to do the following:
- they may draft a Type A-Free Agent that
another team has released during the draft
- they may still use their “matching rights” to slot
one or more of their outgoing Type-C (blue)
Free Agents if another team drafts him/them.
- they may re-enter the draft to draft a player each
time another team slots one of their incoming
Type-B (red) Free Agents (applicable only if the
other team slots the player after they’ve
- Fill Star Player slots (ONLY if they have used all
previous rounds to fill Star Player slots)
- Draft a player who was on their PCL team in real
life (regardless of what year he was on that team)
Undrafted Freebies will be eligible to be signed
(in-game) by NL and AL teams. After the draft the
Commissioner will advance the game calendar to the
beginning of Spring Training, at which point many of these
undrafted players will have been scooped up by MLB teams.
Any who are still left (and additionally, any players who
played in the real-life PCL who have been released by MLB
teams) will be available to be signed by PCL teams. Teams
wishing to sign one of these free agents should notify the
Commissioner via e-mail (first come, first served). Due to
the fact that the OOTP A.I. sometimes makes bizarre roster
moves for MLB teams, the Commissioner may override a
player’s availability (i.e. when the A.I. releases a
player who no sane person would ever release, the player
will be returned to his team).