Monday, November 22, 2010
Well, folks, it's Monday. While the guys here at More Harball will keep you entertained with thoughts of players being pimped out and some hot chick wearing your favorite team's gear, I'm a bit more of a purist that thinks you actually come here to talk baseball.
Teams made transactions within their organizations this past week to prepare for the "Rule 5 Draft". I have had many emails, texts, IMs and conversations this week about what exactly that means. Here, let me drop some knowledge...
Let's start with the name. This one is fairly simple, the document known as The Professional Baseball Agreement lays out the rules the teams must abide by. Rule 4 is the Amateur Draft. Rule 5 is the minor league draft. Still with me? Good.
The basic premise is based on Minor League Free Agency. When a minor leaguer has been with a franchise for six years, he has the right to file for free agency. In an effort to help players move along faster, the Rule 5 draft was created. When a player signs his first contract with a team, the Rule 5 timetable begins. If the player is older than 18 on June 5 of the year he signed the contract, he becomes draft eligible in three years. Should the player be younger than 18 on June 5 of the year he signed, he becomes eligible in four years. Got that part of it? Perfect, we are almost there...
As the Winter Meetings roll around, the major league teams will participate in the Rule 5 draft. Teams will be allowed to pick, but not required to, in reverse order from the previous season's standings. If a player is chosen, he is placed on the receiving team's 25-man, major league roster. The team that loses the player is provided with $50,000 in exchange for the player. During the course of the following season, if the new team wishes to send the player to the minor leagues, he must first be offered back to the original team for $25,000.
And there it is, the Rule 5 Draft in a nutshell. Do you have any more questions? Is there something out there that just doesn't make sense to you? Well post it here or drop it in an email to me and I will cover it in a future article.
Until then, remember, there may be girls and players being pimped out, but when it comes down to it, there will always be More Hardball.