If you’re an experienced free agent, even one with multiple years of Major League Baseball (MLB) experience, this offseason is proving to be a challenging time to secure a job.
We’re not referring to highly sought-after free agents who have yet to sign. Despite their unsigned status, players like Cody Bellinger and Blake Snell are not concerned about finding a contract. They are focused on finding the best fit and the most favorable deal.
However, for players several tiers below them in terms of status, this offseason is particularly difficult. These are the veterans who have experience in the upper levels of the minor leagues, and in some cases, even the MLB. They are hoping to secure a Minor League Baseball (MiLB) contract with a non-roster invitation.
Historically, these types of contracts have provided a valuable opportunity for players who may not be considered worthy of a spot on the 40-man roster. Each year, some of these players make significant progress and seize the chance they are given. Others face challenges and are ultimately released at the conclusion of spring training.
Unfortunately, this year, the door has closed for some of these players, leaving them without the opportunity they were hoping for.
According to the Source baseballamerica.com