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Philadelphia baseball from the majors to the minors.

The GM’s Office

Rule 5 Eligible Players – Players are eligible for the annual Rule 5 Draft every December if they are not placed on the 40-man roster by November 20th and meet one of the following conditions: 1) The player was 18 or younger when he first signed a professional contract and this is the fifth Rule 5 Draft since he signed. 2) The player was 19 or older when he first signed a professional contract and this is the fourth Rule 5 Draft since he signed.

Minor League Free Agents – An unsigned minor league player is automatically declared a free-agent at 5 PM (Eastern) on the fifth day after the final game of the World Series if the player’s first contract was a minor league contract and he has spent all or any part of at least seven separate seasons on a minor league roster and/or if the player has been previously released or non-tendered in his career and his present contract has expired.