Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 11/19/12
Rosters must be set by tomorrow (I don’t know if they need to be set by tonight at 11:59pm or by some point during Tuesday) to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft. The draft will take place December 6th and a team can select an eligible, unprotected player for the sum of $50,000 and must keep them on the 25 man roster all season or return the player to their original team along with $25,000. It is a rather cheap way to add talent, but it is also often a very risky thing as you are selecting guys who have some talent, but have enough questions about them that the team who has been molding their talents didn’t think they warranted even being on the 40 man roster at this point in time. The two biggest names to come in the modern version of the Rule 5 draft was when the Reds paid the Cubs to draft Josh Hamilton for them and when the Twins snatched up Johan Santana from the Astros. The guys who are eligible for the Reds this year if left unprotected would be anyone who signed at age 19...
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