Re: Orioles take Michael Almanzar in rule 5 draft
posted at 12/12/2013 9:49 AM EST
In response to S5's comment:
I know that if he doesn't stay on the O's 25 we get him back, but if we get him back is he eligible for the Rule 5 draft again next year?
(Not that I particularly want him back. I'm just curious about the rule)
Yes... any player not on the 25 man roster who fullfills requirements is free game. It keeps clubs from stockpiling prospects who have the talent to reach the majors, but are kept from doing so because of a hoarding like tendancy of people. It forces teams to make choices so the continual result are the best players in the world on the big stage so MLB has the best marketing opportunity possible for the product on the field. It also keeps all the rich teams from hoarding all the talent to keep it away from the poor teams.
Here is more info if you are interested.
If chosen in the Rule 5 draft, a player must be kept on the selecting team's 25-man major league roster for the entire season after the draft—he may not be optioned or designated to the minors. The selecting team may, at any time, waive the Rule 5 draftee. If a Rule 5 draftee clears waivers by not signing with a new MLB team, he must be offered back to the original team, effectively canceling the Rule 5 draft choice. Once a Rule 5 draftee spends an entire season on his new team's 25-man roster, his status reverts to normal and he may be optioned or designated for assignment.
To prevent the abuse of the Rule 5 draft, the rule also states that the draftee must be active for at least 90 days. This keeps teams from drafting players, then placing them on the disabled list for the majority of the season. For example, if a Rule 5 draftee was only active for 67 days in his first season with his new club, he must be active for an additional 23 days in his second season to satisfy the Rule 5 requirements.
Any player chosen in the Rule 5 draft may be traded to any team while under the Rule 5 restrictions, but the restrictions transfer to the new team. If the new team does not want to keep the player on its 25-man roster for the season, he must be offered back to the team of which he was a member when chosen in the draft.