Baseball: Agents/Advisors and the Draft
Preparing for the MLB Draft
Who is draft eligible?
- High school players if they have graduated but have yet to attend college.
- Junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed.
- Four-year college players who have either completed their junior or senior year or are at least 21 years old.
- You will have until the signing deadline in mid-July to decide whether you will sign with your club.
- If you decide not to sign, you may be drafted again during an MLB draft in future years, so long as you meet the eligibility requirements for that draft (as set forth above).
- If you violate NCAA agent legislation (e.g., accept benefits from an agent/advisor or allow an agent/advisor to have contact with a club on your behalf), you will jeopardize your NCAA eligibility.
Who is an agent?
- An agent is a person who represents an athlete by serving as a communication tool between the athlete and an MLB club.
- You will lose your collegiate eligibility if an agent/advisor:
- Has an agreement with you to act as your agent, now or in the future.
- Engages in communications with one or more MLB clubs on your or your family’s behalf.
- Is present during contract negotiations or discussions.
- Arranges a workout or physical for you with any MLB club.
- Gives you, your family, or friends any kind of benefit (e.g., money, gifts, free meals).
Who is an advisor?
- An advisor is a person who provides advice or counsel to an athlete or his family relating to the athlete’s value, proposed contract, or other subjects related to the draft.
- An advisor can provide:
- Advice to you on your fair market value.
- An evaluation of a proposed contract.
- Information, research, advice, etc. relating to the draft process.
But remember, NCAA legislation requires that you pay for any of these services.
- Keep your Head Coach and Compliance Office informed of all decisions.
- If you do not know who arranged your tryout, you need to find out who did beforehand.
- Ask your advisor to draft an agreement including specific payment terms for services rendered and explicitly prohibiting an advisor/agent from speaking with clubs on your behalf.
- Do your own research regarding the Rule 4 (Amateur) Draft so that you understand the rules relating to signing bonuses and other negotiable terms.
- If you are a current ASU student-athlete, remain in school in good academic standing while you negotiate the terms of your potential contract.
3 Points to Remember - You will jeopardize your collegiate eligibility if:
- An agent/advisor has direct contact with an MLB club on your behalf.
- You agree orally or in writing to be represented by an agent or an individual acting as or on behalf of an agent. This includes agreements for future representation (e.g., you agree that for when you sign with a club, you will use your advisor as your agent).
- You accept benefits from an agent, prospective agent, or any individual working for an agent. This includes receiving free advice and counseling regarding the draft from an advisor/agent.