Rule 5 Draft Newsbeat
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Baseball America runs down potential Rule 5 picks.
Multiple sources outside of the Diamondbacks organization believe that Arizona will take Rays catcher Oscar Hernandez with the first pick. The Twins are expected to take Braves righthander J.R. Graham with the fifth pick if Graham makes it that far.
Posted: December 11, 2014 at 08:45 AM | 3 comment(s)
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Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Well, he does have a ring.
Remember when the Texas Rangers drafted Russell Wilson last year in the Rule 5 draft, then brought him into training camp as a motivational speaker? Well, apparently, the Rangers really really liked it: worried another team would copy them, they added Wilson to their Triple-A roster.
As a Double-A player—“player”—it would cost another team $12,500 to poach Wilson. Now a Triple-A “player,” it will cost another team $50,000, and they’d have to keep Wilson on their Major League roster for an entire season.
You can protect a certain amount of players at the Triple-A level, and the Rangers have chosen to keep Wilson instead of somebody else. Considering how few players get taken anyway, it’s a pretty small risk.
But the benefit they’re getting is protecting a famous person who is on their roster to talk to other baseball players for one day a year, on the off chance that another team decided to pay money to have that same player fill the exact same role—somehow seems even smaller than the miniscule risk they’re taking.
Wednesday, November 26, 2014
he Rule 5 draft is fascinating because of its timing and its format. Positioned right in the middle of the baseball offseason, it gives everyone a chance to scour rosters and dream on talented players with flaws.
In reality, the change of eligibility rules in 2007 that gave teams an extra year of protection before players become eligible for the Rule 5 draft reduced the importance of the Rule 5 draft significantly. That extra year has made it easier for teams to make decisions on players, and since then, fewer impact players have been nabbed.
But teams will continue to scour rosters in hopes of finding another Joakim Soria, Dan Uggla or Josh Hamilton. Or at least another Ryan Flaherty or T.J. McFarland.
With that in mind, here’s an initial list of 10 of the top names to keep in mind for the Dec. 11 Rule 5 draft.
Posted: November 26, 2014 at 07:20 AM | 29 comment(s)
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Thursday, November 20, 2014
On the surface, getting added to a 40-man roster may feel like a small move. It doesn’t guarantee a Major League spot. In fact by rule (and math), 15 of the players on said roster aren’t with the big club at any given time until September when rosters are allowed to expand.
But it does provide two things for the players involved. The first is protection. To be more specific, that’s protection from the Rule 5 Draft, coming up Dec. 11. Players who were 18 or younger when they signed their first pro contract are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 Draft five years after putting pen to paper. Players who were 19 or older can be taken four years afterwards. Unless of course, they are added to the 40-man roster. Players on the 40-man as of Thursday at midnight ET, however, are not eligible to be taken and are therefore protected from moving to another organization.
The second is respect. Talk to a player or two that’s been added to a 40-man roster for the first time, and they’ll tell you how important it is to officially see that their organization thinks highly enough of them to give them that spot.
“It was pretty humbling, I’d say,” said Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo after being added last offseason. “It’s great to be officially on the roster now. It feels good knowing that I had a good year, and they had enough confidence in me after what they saw last year.”
With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of prospects (to be updated all day Thursday) who are ranked in the Top 20 in their respective organizations by MLB.com and were added to 40-man rosters before Thursday’s deadline:
Edit: Link fixed. Sorry, Jim.
Posted: November 20, 2014 at 06:43 PM | 37 comment(s)
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