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#542 Long-Term Contracts Q. Why is a player only being paid $54,500 for a big league contract?
  A. There's a difference between a big league contract and the league minimum salary. A player may sign a big league contract but not be on the big league club. The big league contract means he must be on the 40-man roster and, therefore, be paid the 40-man roster minimum of $54,500. Typically, this is the type of deal that some of the premier amateur draft prospects will sign. It provides them with some leverage, in that their option clock starts ticking sooner and they should reach the majors quicker. If he's promoted to the big leagues, then his salary increases to the big league minimum (currently $327,000).
#562 Long-Term Contracts Q. Why can't I offer a long-term contract to some minor league players?
  A. Contract extensions may only be made to players in the minor leagues that will be major league free-agents or 6-year minor league free-agents.
#614 Long-Term Contracts Q. When are bonuses paid out?
  A. When an international prospect or amateur draft prospect is signed, his bonus is immediately taken out of the Prospect Payroll budget. When a free-agent is signed, the bonus is immediately taken out of the Player Payroll budget. If a player is signed to a long-term contract, the bonus won’t be taken out until the following season and is part of that season’s player payroll budget. Bonuses are also non-transferrable.
#618 Long-Term Contracts Q. Why does it take so long for my free agent / international prospect / coach to respond to my offer?
  A. Negotiations are processed every four hours. You will only receive an email update if the status of the offer has changed. For example, if you made a new offer to a free-agent, he’ll let you know he received it. If the next 2 cycles go by and he’s still mulling his options, you won’t receive an email until the status of the offer has changed.

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