Draft Procedures

Draft Procedures


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 right attached).


The draft will follow the following steps, in order:

  1. 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.).
  2. 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.).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    • 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).
  5. Following these declarations, Type-B free agents who are not being retained will go to their new teams.
  6. 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.
    • 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 Star slot).
  7. 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:
    • 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 declared “done”)
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. Additional rounds may be added to the draft to allow teams to do the following:
    • 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).