Posted by bglick on 9/5/2013 3:15:00 PM (view original):
Posted by MikeT23 on 9/5/2013 2:44:00 PM (view original):How does offering him a big league contract work if I plan to keep him in the minor leagues?
No idea about ST invite but, if your player is asking for 5m in bonus, you can give him a BL contract at 327k for three seasons and he'll sign for 4.6m, more or less. You're 700k short, you should be able to sign him that way.
Theoretically if I had a ton of room in payroll could I just sign my prospects using payroll money rather than prospect bonus bonus money since that fund is limited?
A big league contract forces him onto your 40-man roster. You can then designate him WITHOUT WAIVERS to remove him from the 40-man to only eat up one option (this part is a glitch that they have not fixed, and probably never will). An ML contract to an amateur player has to be 3 years in length, and between $54,500 & $327K a year (and distributed within the normal contract guidelines (i.e., it can't be 54,500, 54,500, 327,000)).
The consequences of an ML contract in this case are that he makes a little more money than your normal minors guys and he will eat up an option (or as many years of options as you leave him on the 40-man).
I would just offer the ST invite and as much bonus money as you have, first. If he rejects, move on to a BL contract.
You can't do anything to change the status of whether you will or will not receive a Comp. pick after he rejects your initial offer (if it had been your only offer, you would get a comp pick if you didn't sign him, regardless of the number of future contracts you offer to him)