With the lockout formally in place, teams are barred from making any major league transactions. That includes any move involving a player who was recently designated for assignment, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes has learned (Twitter link). This had also been the case for players DFA’d shortly before 2020’s pandemic-driven transaction freeze.
Angels left-hander Sam Selman, Phillies right-hander Adonis Medina and Dodgers infielder Sheldon Neuse were all designated for assignment within the two hour span preceding the transaction freeze last night. They lost their roster spots as teams scrambled to find space for other last-minute additions before the previous collective bargaining agreement expired. Those players will remain in DFA limbo throughout the duration of a work stoppage.
Only a small handful of players find themselves in this particular predicament, and they’d have been prohibited from contact with team personnel during the lockout even had they not been DFA’d. Yet that group now finds themselves in an extended window of uncertainty regarding their 2022 employment. They remain members of the organizations that designated them for assignment yesterday, but they no longer occupy a spot on clubs’ 40-man rosters. Upon agreement on a new CBA, teams will have a window to explore trades or expose those players to waivers.