Now that the dust has settled on the 2021 MLB Draft, undrafted college players are starting to firm up their future plans.
Undrafted players can sign free-agent deals with teams for a maximum signing bonus of $20,000. While that amount of money may not typically lure student-athletes away from college, it's a bit of a unique situation this year in the wake of the pandemic.
Because the NCAA granted all athletes of spring sports an additional year of eligibility in 2020 due to the shortened season, many players with one more year of eligibility remaining graduated this spring. As a result, more undrafted players may be willing to forego a year of eligibility in exchange for $20,000. This post-pandemic landscape also has more players than ever before looking to transfer due to roster crunches or in pursuit of graduate school opportunities.
Here is a look at four players who have solidified their plans to sign pro deals or transfer in the wake of the 2021 MLB Draft.