This year’s MLB Winter Meetings will be held December 10-14 in Ontario, Florida. On the final day of the MLB’s Winter Meetings, the annual Rule 5 draft takes place. Players eligible for selection must meet the following criteria:
- Not on the MLB team’s 40 man roster.
- 5th Year after signing initial contract is signed at 18 or younger, or;
- 4th year after signing initial contract is signed at 19 or older
Not every team makes a selection, but those that do must pay the team the player is selected from $100,000, and that player must be retained on the drafting club’s 25 man roster for the entire subsequent season. If the drafting team so chooses, they can remove the player from the 25 man roster only by placing the player on outright waivers and if that player clears waivers, he must be offered back to the original team for $50,000. If the original team does not reacquire the player, that player can then be reassigned to a minor league team. There is a minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft with the same eligibility requirements, but the selected player can be assigned to any of the drafting teams minor league affiliates without having to offer the player back to the original team. The cost to the drafting team is $24,000 per player.
For 2016, in anticipation of the Rule 5 draft, three Dodger minor league players were added to the 40 man roster, Chase De Jong, Jacob Rhame, and Kyle Farmer. Chase De Jong was later traded to the Mariners before the season for Drew Jackson (SS) and Aneurys Zabala (RHRP). Jacob Rhame was subsequently traded to the Mets in the Curtis Granderson trade. The Dodgers did not lose any players in the 2016 Major League or Minor League portions of the draft. They also did not select any player in the Major League portion of the draft. In the Minor League portion, the Dodgers did select 30 year old LHRP Edward Paredes, who did make an appearance with the ML team in 2017 and is currently on the Dodgers 40 man roster, and 26 year old RHRP Kyle Grana who was released on July 3, 2017.
On November 20, 2017, at 7:00 Central Time, all team’s 40 man roster must be set. All players previously on the 60 Day DL must be re-established on the 40 man or be DFA or outright released. Currently the Dodgers’ 40 man roster is full, including Scott Kazmir, Grant Dayton, and Yimi Garcia, players who were previously on the 60 Day DL.
For 2017, the Dodgers have two players who are eligible for this year’s Rule 5 draft that figure to be protected; Trevor Oaks and Dennis Santana. Both Oaks and Santana could find themselves on the 25 man at some point in 2018. Jacob Scavuzzo is also eligible; however as he was left unprotected last year and was not selected, the Dodgers do not figure to protect Jacob for 2017 either. Therefore, two players currently on the 40 man roster must be designated for assignment or outright released so that Oaks and Santana can be protected. Edward Paredes, Wilmer Font, Josh Ravin, and Rob Segedin have been mentioned as potential players to be waived. Others that some see to be on the bubble are Charlie Culberson, Tim Locastro, and Trayce Thompson. Some may call for Scott Kazmir to be released for one spot. While this would not shock me, I would think that FAZ is going to wait until spring training to see if Kaz has anything left. They will not be afraid to release him at that time. One other thought is that Trayce Thompson does not have any options remaining, thus if he does not figure to make the 25 man roster, then maybe he is one who can be released. Josh Ravin also does not have any remaining options which makes him more vulnerable. If I were selecting, it would be Kazmir and Segedin who would be released. I like Rob Segedin, but pitching is more valuable, and Locastro and Culberson are better infield alternatives.
For those that want to read more about the history of the MLB Rule 5 draft…