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The concept of the "player to be named later" is most often associated with Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball trades.



The "player to be named later" (PTBNL) is generally used to postpone a trade's final conditions or terms. This is often done for two reasons. First, the team receiving the PTBNL might not be certain which position they want to fill, so this type of deal gives them more time to figure it out. Second, this type of arrangement gives the team receiving the PTBNL more time to evaluate the available talent on the other team. The deal must close within six months of the conclusion of the rest of the trade, and the player must change leagues.

When a PTBNL transactions occurs, the negotiating teams usually agree on a list of five to 10 players that the PTBNL will ultimately be chosen from. If the teams can't agree on who the player will be, then they will agree on a price to be paid instead of a player.

Notable PTBNLs

After Harry Chiti was traded to the 1962 New York Mets from the Cleveland Indians for a PTBNL and the teams could not agree on a final deal, the Mets traded him back to Cleveland for himself.

Because players must change leagues, generally minor leaguers are chosen, and thus very few PTBNLs are of star quality. However, some minor league PTBNLs who have turned out to be productive in the majors include Jeremy Bonderman, Scott Podsednik, Coco Crisp, Moisés Alou, Jason Schmidt, and David Ortiz.

In popular culture

In the movie Bull Durham, Kevin Costner's oft-traded Crash Davis introduces himself to his new manager as "I’m the player to be named later."

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