Sunday, April 03, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
One morning, Commissioner Manfred wakes up and decides that everyone has to go home.
He makes a few calls. He assembles a phalanx of lawyers. He deposes the owners who oppose his idea, and he tinkles on the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In the end, he wins. His idea rearranges every roster in baseball.
This is his idea: Every player in baseball has to return to their first team. David Ortiz has to go back to the Mariners, who signed him in 1992. He’ll be joined by Alex Rodriguez. They’ll have to split the DH. Maybe Rodriguez will play center field, I don’t know.
Jake Arrieta on the Orioles. Carlos Santana on the Dodgers. Anthony Rizzo on the Red Sox. It’s as if every trade and free agent signing was rolled back. It’s as if were no trades. It’s as if the only free agents that were allowed were amateur free agents, and the second they took a minor-league at-bat, they were tethered to their team for life.
Here are what those teams would look like. If your team is improved, you might want join Commissioner Manfred’s cause:
Monday, November 23, 2015
Friday is deadline day, and for some prospects, it could be a very big day.
Friday marks the day on which Rule 5-eligible players must be added to their organization’s 40-man rosters in order to be protected from this year’s Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Winter Meetings in Nashville.
Players are eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if they have not been added to a 40-man roster within five seasons of signing (if they were 18 or younger at time of signing) or within four seasons (if they were 19 or older at time of signing). If a player is selected in the Rule 5 Draft, he must stay on his new club’s 25-man roster or disabled list for the duration of the 2015 season, lest he be returned to his original organization. Delino DeShields (Rangers), J.R. Graham (Twins) and Sean Gilmartin (Mets) are some examples of players from the 2014 Rule 5 Draft who ended up sticking with their new club.
This year, top prospects Tyler Glasnow (Pirates), Orlando Arcia (Brewers) and Nomar Mazara (Rangers) are among those expected to be added to 40-man rosters ahead of Friday’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline. MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo has provided a good breakdown of which top-30 prospects are eligible for this year’s Rule 5 Draft.
Here is a running list of top-30 prospects who have officially been added to their organization’s 40-man rosters and are thus protected from this year’s Rule 5 Draft:
Posted: November 23, 2015 at 06:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
Friday, November 20, 2015
The 2014 Rule 5 draft was one of the best of all time, as 10 of the 14 players in the major league portion stuck with new teams. Two outfielders (Delino DeShields and Odubel Herrera) and one first baseman (Mark Canha) saw regular playing time and a number of pitchers (led by Sean Gilmartin and J.R. Graham) proved they were more than just players being stashed for the future. That list could eventually grow by one. Daniel Winkler spent most of the season on the disabled list recovering from Tommy John surgery and therefore will still need to spend additional time on the Braves’ active roster to start 2016 to meet Rule 5 roster requirements.
It will be hard for this year’s Rule 5 draft to match that level of success, but it is a reminder why this matters.
Posted: November 20, 2015 at 01:28 PM | 89 comment(s)
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