2010 MLB Rule 5 Draft

The MLB Rule 5 Draft is the last order of business at the MLB WINTER MEETINGS, and it is a mechanism that allows MLB clubs to select (draft) players off minor league Reserve Lists. There is a "Major League Phase" where MLB clubs can draft players off AAA Reserve Lists for $50,000, a "AAA Phase" where AAA Affiliates can draft players off AA rosters for $12,000, and finally a "AA Phase" where AA clubs can draft players off the reserve lists of Class "A" clubs for $4,000.


A minor league player who was 18 or younger on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract is eligible for selection starting with the 5th Rule 5 Draft after he signs, and a minor league player who was 19 years or older on the June 5th immediately prior to signing his first contract becomes eligible for selection starting with the 4th Rule 5 Draft that followed his signing. (If a player signs his first contract after August 31st or after the minor league club to which the player is initially assigned has completed its regular season schedule, the next season is considered to be the player's "first season" for Rule 5 eligibility purposes). In addition, any player on a minor league reserve list who has been outrighted to the minors and/or released previously in his career is eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft. Also, an MLB club can designate any player on a minor league reserve list eligible for selection in the Rule 5 Draft even if the player would not normally be eligible, but once a player is made eligible for selection, he remains eligible for selection in all future Rule 5 drafts.

James Adduci, OF
Adrian Aviles, OF-LHP
Austin Bibens-Dirkx, RHP
Ryan Buchter, LHP
Kyler Burke, OF
Matt Camp, IF-OF
Marco Carrillo, RHP
Hung-Wen Chen, RHP
Steve Clevenger, C-1B
Manolin DeLeon, RHP
Marwin Gonzalez, IF-OF
Jose Guevara, C
Angel Guzman, RHP
Chris Huseby, OF (ex-RHP)
Dylan Johnston, RHP (ex-OF)
Bryan Lahair, 1B
Blake Lalli, 1B-C
Casey Lambert, LHP
Jordan Latham, RHP
Antoni Lugo, 3B
Alessandro Maestri, RHP
Oswaldo Martinez, RHP
J. R. Mathes, LHP
Scott Moore, INF
Ronny Morla, RHP
Jonathan Mota, INF
Craig Muschko, RHP
Jake Muyco, RHP
Jeremy Papelbon, LHP
Mike Parisi, RHP
Blake Parker, RHP
David Patton, RHP
Andres Quezada, RHP
Alvaro Ramirez, OF
Scott Rice, LHP
Chris Robinson, C
Nate Samson, INF
Bobby Scales, IF-OF
Chris Siegfried, LHP
Marquez Smith, 3B
Brad Snyder, OF
Luke Sommer, LHP
Alvaro Sosa, RHP (ex-C)
Matt Spencer, 1B
Larry Suarez, RHP
Tony Thomas, 2B
Jose Valdez, OF
Ty Wright, OF


1. A club must have as many spots open on its MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) prior to the Rule 5 Draft as the number of players it selects in the Major League Phase.

2. A player selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft can be traded at any time, but the player cannot be released or non-tendered until he is given a "full trial" in Spring Training, and he cannot be outrighted to the minors any earlier than 20 days prior to MLB Opening Day.

3. A player selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft must remain on an MLB Active List (or MLB 15-day or 60-day Disabled List) for the entire MLB regular season following selection, and must spend at least 90 days on an MLB Active List (25-man roster) before Rule 5 restrictions are removed. (If time spent on an MLB Active List is less than 90 days in the season following selection, the player remains a Rule 5 player into the next season, and the player continues to be a Rule 5 player until he has spent 90 days total on an MLB Active List).

4. If a club decides not to keep a player selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 draft on its MLB 25-man Active List (or MLB 15-day or 60-day Disabled List), the player must be placed on Outright Assignment Waivers, where any of the other 29 MLB clubs can claim the player for the $25,000 Rule 5 waiver price and assume the Rule 5 obligations.

5. If the Rule 5 player is not claimed off Outright Waivers, the player then must be offered back to the club from which he was drafted, and the player's former club can reclaim the player for $25,000, with the player being automatically outrighted to the AAA club from which he was drafted. If he has at least three years of MLB Service Time and/or has been outrighted previously in his career, the player can elect to be an MLB Article XX-D minor league free-agent after being outrighted (he has three days to decide if he is outrighted during the MLB regular season, and he has a week to decide if he is outrighted during Spring Training), or he can accept the Outright Assignment and defer the right to be a minor league free-agent under MLB Article XX-D until after the conclusion of the MLB regular season. (The player is not eligible to be an Article XX-D minor league free-agent if he accepts the Outright Assignment and then is subsequently added back to an MLB Reserve List prior to the end of the MLB regular season).

6. If the player's original club declines to reclaim the player, the Rule 5 restrictions are removed, the drafting club retains the player, and the player can be sent to the minors.

7. A player selected in the AAA or AA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft must be assigned to the Reserve List of the AAA or AA club that drafted the player, and the player must be given a "fair trial" in Spring Training (Minor League Camp) with that AAA or AA club, but the player can be assigned to any minor league affiliate in the MLB parent club's organization once the minor league regular season commences. Also, unlike players selected in the Major League Phase of the Rule 5 Draft, a player selected in the AAA or AA Phase of the Rule 5 Draft does not have to be offered back to the club from which he was drafted if the player is ultimately assigned to a lower level minor league club after being given his "fair trial" in Spring Training (Minor League Camp).


Cubs lose no one; draft RHP Mason Tobin from the Angels.

From Baseball America:

"Tobin has had Tommy John surgery that cost him all but three outings in 2009 and setbacks this year in his recovery that kept him out for all of 2010. When healthy, Tobin has showed a mid-90s fastball that pushes higher."

From Halo Heaven last winter:

"The 2007 16th round draft pick went down last spring with an elbow injury requiring Tommy John surgery, so I had assumed we wouldn't see him this year. Not so. Eddie Bane reports that Tobin's up and throwing long toss in Arizona, and that we should see him on the mound come mid-May (assuming no set backs). Tobin throws a heavy sinking fastball in the low to mid 90's that ranked as one of the best in the organization before the injury ended his season. The slider has been inconsistent, and the change-up nearly nonexistent. Scouts love the fastball though, and the Halos' FO has repeatedly labeled him as a guy who could move very quickly in a bullpen role. Think Kevin Jepsen if things break right."

I assume the Cubs are planning to stash him on the major league DL while they see what, if anything, he can offer...


I'm really surprised and pleased that Smith is still with us.

I wasn't that shocked. It's hard to see a team gambling on Smith. There are always surprises, but here was a guy that, as of now, was limited to 3rd base. He had average power, more of a line drive stroke than good raw power. It's hard to carry a pure 3rd base backup on the roster all year.

I wasn't thinking he'd be taken as a bench player.

who was going to take him with the intent of starting him at 3rd? I'm not sure I can think of a team that would've taken that shot.

The Mariners, the Pirates if they realize that Alvarez can't stay there, the Royals, the D-Backs off the top of my head...

Royals are expecting Moustakas at some point in 2011. Mariners are locked in with Figgins. Alvarez is probably fine for the next year or so.

The Dbacks were the one team that I could have seen, but you've got to be very bullish on Marquez and feel that he'll be better than Tony Abreu to make that move. That's far from certain.

AzPhil notes Cle, but they are expecting Chisenhall at some point in 2011 as well.

Figgins can play 2nd, if someone else plays 3rd for half a season in KC, I don't think Moustakis has a "release me" clause in his contract.
It costs probably $500K to develop a ML ballplayer. Taking someone who's played well at AAA and sticking them into your team for 250 PA's is probably a pretty good move.

You don't have to be bullish on Smith at all, it's $50K. Most GM's spend that much on toilet paper this week.

Submitted by toonsterwu on Thu, 12/09/2010 - 10:17am.
who was going to take him with the intent of starting him at 3rd? I'm not sure I can think of a team that would've taken that shot.


TOONSTER: I had thought maybe Cleveland or Arizona would draft Marquez Smith and give him a shot to win the starting 3B job (especially the D'backs after they traded Mark Reynolds).

I saw Smith play. He has raw power.

I've seen him play a few times. He's more a 15-20 HR potential guy, with line drive HR's, than a 20+ raw power guy, if that clarifies what I was saying.

"I've seen him play a few times.He's more a 15-20 HR potential guy, etc."

The interesting thing about Smith is that he started crushing the ball regularly in the second half last season. He had twelve HRs in August, another on 9/1, and then five in 97 ABs in winter ball. If he shows consistent power in spring training, other people who have "seen him play a few times" will take another look.

I don't really recall any reports suggesting he was "crushing" the ball with any more regularity. The dozen or so Iowa games I saw and the impression I got from others was that he was still pretty much the same hitter in AA in terms of power.

in the minor league phase, Cubs lost Ronny Morla to the Mets and Casey Lambert to the Orioles.

Lambert was coming off TJS and working his way back. The former 6th round pick from UVA in 2007 had a plus curve and a upper 80's fastball at his peak. I think he can probably still make a good LOOGY type.

I was intrigued with Morla when we got him as a part of the Jake Fox deal. As a starter, he was a low-mid 90's type on the fastball. Out of the pen, it was more consistently in the mid-90's. Off the top, I believe his breaking ball was a slider and that it was fairly solid, and he had a change in the bag. He really had a solid year in Peoria's pen (9.84 K/9, 2.29 BB/9, 0.80 HR/9). I think he's an intriguing raw arm, but the Cubs have enough raw arms, so not that big a loss.

Would've liked to keep Morla and Lambert around, but the Cubs have built up enough lefty pen depth in the system in recent year, and Morla was far away.

Isnt the major league roster full at 40 players before the Rule 5? Somebody has to go.He has been traded to Texas.

I'll be very curious if Tobin is part of something to do with those Davis rumors or if it's a standalone move.

Edit: On his blog, Bruce miles has said that it's for cash considerations, so it sounds like a standalone move.

Oh shit, my number is up for season tickets. I've been on that evil list since late 2004 or early 2005. I got 4 terrace reserved IF seats in the last row(23). Now I just need to figure out how to pay for em. Anybody have a spare $11k?

This made me think to check my own place on the list. After inching forward for a couple of years, I've noticed I jumped from 28K+ to 15K+. Did the Rickettses release a bunch of new seats, or did the turnover just start to pick up?

I've been hoping this one isn't an impossibility such as my presence on the Bears waiting list.

They made the Tribune give up the seats they owned. They added some bleacher season tickets. And I'm sure the combination of a shit economy and a shit team helps as well.

And I'm sure the combination of a shit economy and a shit team helps as well.

I hate everyone.

Alright. So the odds of me moving up significantly further are pretty low. Got it. Nothing a couple of 100-loss seasons can't fix.

What's the saying? Be careful what you ask for, you just may get it?

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