Rule 5 Information for 2019

(Note that changes after publication are in red text) updated 9/1, 9/4

As baseball teams play their way out of post season contention, the attention of their fans turns to other aspects of baseball.  Some begin to fret over draft position.  Other, more insightful fans, begin to look toward the Rule 5 Draft and the roster maneuvering that precedes it.  One such diversion the Rule 5 Draft provides for me is determining the status of players as the draft draws near.

When our Phillies were on the cusp of dropping out of playoff contention, I took a look at their upcoming Rule 5 considerations.  Then, they’ve bullied the Cubs and their way back into the wild card conversation.  But after this weekend’s debacle in Miami, I’ve decided to publish this article.  Most of the information is unlikely to change.  The removal of the August 31st trade deadline has seen to that.  Players added from this point forward should have little effect on rosters after the season.

I’ll pin this on the site and update as necessary over the coming weeks.


Major League Rule 5 outlines baseball’s Annual Selection of Players.  Section (a) of the rule determines when the meeting takes place.  Section (b) describes the method and priority of the selections.  And section (c) defines which players are subject to selection.

When baseball conducts their winter meetings that conclude with the Rule 5 Draft, only certain players are subject to selection.  Here is MLR5(c).

(c) All players on the Minor League Reserve Lists of Major League Clubs, except players on the Voluntarily Retired, Disqualified, or Ineligible Lists shall be subject to selection by other Major League Clubs at the Rule 5 Selection Meeting in accordance with the following:

(1) A player without previous Major or Minor League service who signs with a Major League Club shall be subject to selection based on the following:

(A) if 18 years of age or under on the June 5 immediately preceding the player’s signing, the player shall be subject to selection at the fifth Rule 5 Selection Meeting that follows the signing date of the player’s first Major or Minor League contract, unless Rule 5(c)(1)(C) applies;

(B) if 19 years of age or over on the June 5 immediately preceding the player’s signing, the player shall be subject to selection at the fourth Selection Meeting that follows the signing date of the player’s first Major or Minor League contract, unless Rule 5(c)(1)(C) applies;

(C) if the signing date of a player’s first Major or Minor League contract is between

(i) the conclusion of the championship season for the Major or Minor League Club to which the player is assigned on such contract and

(ii) the next Rule 5 Selection Meeting,

then the player shall be deemed to have signed after the next Rule 5 Selection Meeting, for purposes of this Rule 5(c)(1).

(2) A player who is re-signed by a Club within one year from the date the Club released the player shall be subject to draft at the Rule 5 Selection Meeting following the date of the latest contract with that Club.

(3) A player who has been subject to draft at a Rule 5 Selection Meeting shall be subject to draft at any subsequent Rule 5 Selection Meeting if the player is on a Minor League Reserve List (filed pursuant to Rule 2 (Player Limits and Reserve Lists)) at the time of the Rule 5 Selection Meeting.

(4) A player

(A) whose contract has been assigned outright by a Major League Club to a Minor League Club,

(B) who has been signed as a free agent to a Minor League Uniform Player Contract for services in the following year and is otherwise subject to selection pursuant to Rule 5(c)(1) or Rule 5(c)(2), or

(C) who has been released unconditionally from a Minor League roster and is otherwise subject to selection pursuant to Rule 5(c)(1) or Rule 5(c)(2),

shall be subject to selection at any subsequent Rule 5 Selection Meeting if the player is on a Minor League Reserve List (filed pursuant to Rule 2 (Player Limits and Reserve Lists)) at the time of the Rule 5 Selection Meeting.

(5) A Major League or independent Minor League Club may designate any player on one of its Minor League Reserve Lists to be subject to selection who otherwise would not be selectable under this Rule 5.


Roster size for the 2020 season will be increased to 26 players.  The number of pitchers on a roster will be capped at an as yet undetermined number by a joint committee of MLB and MLBPA representatives.

That extra roster spot and the limit on pitchers may play into an organization’s decisions regarding which players to add to their 40-man roster to protect them from exposure to the Rule 5 Draft.  Players like Darick Hall, Austin Listi, and Jhailyn Ortiz who might have been considered safe from selection in previous years might be an attractive selection to sit at the end of a major league bench.


By my calculations, the Phillies have 25 new players eligible for this December’s Rule 5 Draft.  They have 112 total players in the organization who have met or surpassed their Rule 5 eligible date.  Forty can be saved from exposure to the draft by their placement on the 40-man roster.  Many will become free agents and be eligible to negotiate with any organization.  Still others will be exposed for a second or third time and there is little fear that they will be selected.

Current 40-Man Roster – 33 active w/Phillies, 5 active on minor league rosters (De Los Santos, Hammer, Medina, Franco, Gamboa), and  2 on the 10-day IL (Nicasio, Quinn).

  1. Alvarez, Jose: lhp
  2. Anderson, Drew: rhp (DFA 9/1) replaced by Nick Vincent (selected 9/1)
  3. Davis, Austin: lhp
  4. De Los Santos, Enyel: rhp
  5. Eflin, Zach: rhp
  6. Eickhoff, Jerad: rhp (placed on the 60-day IL), Gosselin, Phil: inf (selected 9/1)
  7. Garcia, Edgar: rhp
  8. Hammer, JD: rhp
  9. Hughes, Jared: rhp
  10. Irvin, Cole: lhp (recalled 9/1)
  11. Medina, Adonis: rhp
  12. Morgan, Adam: lhp (moved to 60-day IL) Grullon, Deivy: c (selected 9/1)
  13. Morin, Mike: rhp
  14. Neris, Hector: rhp
  15. Nicasio, Juan: rhp
  16. Nola, Aaron: rhp
  17. Parker, Blake: rhp
  18. Pivetta, Nick: rhp (recalled 9/3)
  19. Smyly, Drew: lhp
  20. Suarez, Ranger: lhp
  21. Vargas, Jason: lhp
  22. Velasquez, Vincent: rhp
  23. Knapp, Andrew: c
  24. Realmuto, JT: c
  25. Franco, Maikel: 3b
  26. Gamboa, Arquimedes: ss
  27. Hernandez, Cesar: 2b
  28. Hoskins, Rhys: 1b
  29. Miller, Brad: inf
  30. Morrison, Logan: inf
  31. Rodriguez: Sean: inf
  32. Segura, Jean: ss
  33. Bruce, Jay: of (recalled 9/1)
  34. Dickerson, Corey: of
  35. Harper, Bryce: of
  36. Haseley, Adam: of
  37. Kingery, Scott: inf
  38. Pirela, Jose: of (recalled 9/3)
  39. Quinn, Roman: of (10-day IL)
  40. Williams, Nick: of (recalled 9/2)

Eleven Players are on the 60-day IL/RL – These players have to be activated and placed according to their contracts (rostered, tendered, released, or free agent).

  1. Arano, Victor: rhp
  2. Arrieta, Jake: rhp (10-day IL)
  3. Dominguez, Seranthony: rhp
  4. Hunter, Tommy: rhp
  5. Neshek, Pat: rhp
  6. Ramos, Edubray: rhp
  7. Robertson, David: rhp
  8. McCutchen, Andrew: of
  9. Herrera, Odubel: cf
  10. Eickhoff, Jerad: rhp
  11. Morgan, Adam: lhp

 


Here are some pertinent facts when considering off season moves.

Nine Players have Contracts in 2020

  1. Jake Arrieta (3 yr/$75M (18-20)+21-22 opts) enters the 3rd year of a 3-year contract.  He’ll be heading into his age 34 season and will have 8.145 years of service time.
  2. Jean Segura (5 yr/$70M (18-22)+23 c opt) enters the 3rd year of a 5-year contract.  He’ll be heading into his age 30 season and will have 7.065 years of service time.
  3. Jay Bruce (3 yr/$39M (18-20)) enters the 3rd year of 3-year contract.  He’ll be heading into his age 33 season and will have 11.125 years of service time.
  4. Bryce Harper (13 yr/$330M (19-31)) enters the 2nd year of a 13-year contract.  He’ll be heading into his age 27 season and will have 7.159 years of service time.
  5. Andrew McCutchen (3 yr/$50M (19-21)+22 opt) enters the 2nd year of a 3-year contract.  He’ll be coming off the 60-day IL, will be heading into his age 33 season, and will have 10.123 years of service time.
  6. David Robertson (2 yr/$23M (19-20)+21 cl opt) enters the 2nd year of a 2-year contract.  He’ll be coming off the 60-day IL, will be heading into his age 35 season, and will have 11.07 years of service time.
  7. Odubel Herrera (5 yr/$30.5M (17-21)+22-23 opts) enters the 4th year of a 5-year contract.  He’ll be coming off the RL, will be heading into his age 28 season, and will have over 4 years of service time.
  8. Aaron Nola (4 yr/$45M (19-22)+23 cl opt) enters the 2nd of a 4-year contract.  He’ll be heading into his age 27 season, and will have 4.076 years of service time.
  9. Scott Kingery (6 yr/$24M (18-23)+24-26 opts) enters the 3rd year of a 6-year contract.  He’ll be heading into his age 26 season, and will have 2.00 years of service time.

Arrieta is on the 60-day IL, and has had season ending surgery to remove a bone spur.  Robertson is on the 60-day IL and had TJ surgery and is expected to miss the 2020 season.  He’ll likely be placed back on the 60-day IL when the 2020 season starts.


Three Players have Club Options for 2020

  1. Jason Vargas (2 yr/$16M (18-19)+20 opt) has an option for the 2020 season.  He will be entering his age 37 season, and will have over 11 years of service time.
  2. Pat Neshek (2 yr/$16.25M (18-19)+20 opt) has an option for the 2020 season.  He will be entering his age 39 season, and will have 11.159 years of service time.
  3. Jared Hughes (2 yr/$4.5M (18-19)+20 opt) has an option for the 2020 season.  He will be entering his age 35 season and will have over 6 years service time.

Neshek spent half of the 2018 season on the DL.  He wasn’t activated until July 1, 2018.  He made 30 appearances.  He’ll spend 4 months on the IL this season and made 20 appearances.  The Phillies might part ways with the too, oft-injured soft tosser.  Vargas is a different story.  At $8M, he might be a cheap option for the rotation.  The fact that he’s a LHP enhances the decision.


Fourteen Players are Arbitration Eligible this Off Season

  1. Cesar Hernandez (1 yr/$7.75M (19)) enters his 4th and final arbitration year.  He ‘ll be entering his age 30 season, and will have 5.154 years of service time.
  2. J.T. Realmuto (1 yr/$5.9M (19)) enters his 3rd and final arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 29 season, and will have 5.038 years of service time.
  3. Jose Alvarez (1 yr/$1.925M (19)) enters his 3rd and final arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 31 season, and will have 5.035 years of service time.
  4. Blake Parker (1 yr/$1.8M (19))enters his final arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 35 season, and will have over four years of service time.
  5. Maikel Franco (1 yr/$5.2M (19)) enters his 3rd of four arbitration years.  He’ll be entering his age 27 season, and will have around four years of service time.
  6. Vince Velasquez (1 yr/$2.249M (19)) enters his 2nd of three arbitration years.  He’ll be entering his 28 season, and will have 4.086 years of service time.
  7. Hector Neris (1 yr/$1.8M (19)) enters his 2nd of 3 arbitration years.  He’ll be entering his age 31 season, and will have 4.086 years of service time.
  8. Adam Morgan (1 yr/$1.1M (19)) enters his 2nd of 3 arbitration years.  He’ll be entering his age 30 season, and will have 4.017 years of service time.
  9. Mike Morin (1 yr/$700,000 (19)) enters his 2nd of 3 arbitration years.  He’ll be entering his age 29 season, and will have over 3.047 years of service time.
  10. Jerad Eickhoff (1 yr/$975,000 (19)) enters the 2nd of 3 arbitration years.  He’ll be entering his age 29 season, and will have 4.045 years of service time.
  11. Zach Eflin (1 yr/$590,000 (19)) enters his first arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 26 season, and will have 3.018 years of service time.
  12. Edubray Ramos (1 yr/$573,500 (19)) enters his first arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 27 season, and will have over three years of service time.
  13. Andrew Knapp ( 1 yr/$565,000 (19)) enters his first arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 28 season, and will have 2.171 years of service time.
  14. Jose Pirela (1 yr/$575,100 (19)) enters his first arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 30 season, and will have over two years of service time.
  15. Phil Gosselin was outrighted, but is in his 2nd year of arbitration if on the 40-man roster.  Otherwise he’s a free agent, entering his age 31 season. (selected 9/1, enters his second arbitration year if he remains on the roster)

I think we’ll all be surprised if all 14 are tendered offers.


Eight Players are MLB Free Agents after the 2019 Season

  1. Juan Nicasio (2 yr/$17M (18-19)) becomes a free agent.  He’ll be entering his age 33 season.
  2. Tommy Hunter (2 yr/$18M (18-19)) becomes a free agent.  He’ll be entering his age 33 season.
  3. Corey Dickerson (1 yr/$8.5M (19)) becomes a free agent.  He’ll be entering his age 31 season.
  4. Drew Smyly (2 yr/$10M (18-19)) becomes a free agent.  He’ll be entering his age 31 season.
  5. Sean Rodriguez (1 yr/$1.5M (19)) becomes a free agent.  He’ll be entering his age 35 season.
  6. Brad Miller (1 yr/$1M (19)) becomes a free agent.  He’ll be entering his age 30 season.
  7. Logan Morrison (1 yr/$1M (19)) becomes a free agent.  He’ll be entering his age 31 season.
  8. Nick Vincent is a free agent going into his age 33 season

Fifteen Players are Pre-Arb, One-Year Tenders this Off Season

  1. Nick Pivetta (1 yr/$598,000 (19)) enters his last, pre-arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 27 season.
  2. Rhys Hoskins (1 yr/$575,000 (19)) enters his last, pre-arbitration year.  He’ll be entering his age 27 season.
  3. Nick Williams (1 yr/$575,000 (19)) enters his last, pre-arbitration year.   He’ll be entering his age 26 season.
  4. Victor Arano (1 yr/$570,000 (19)) enters his last, pre-arbitration year.  He’ll be coming off the 60-day IL, and he’ll be entering his age 25 season.
  5. Seranthony Dominguez (1 yr/$564,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be coming off the 60-day IL, and he’ll be entering his age 25 season.
  6. Roman Quinn (1 yr/$559,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 27 season.
  7. Austin Davis (1 yr/$560,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 27 season.
  8. Enyel De Los Santos (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 24 season.
  9. Arquimedes Gamboa (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 22 season.
  10. Edgar Garcia (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 23 season.
  11. J.D. Hammer (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 25 season.
  12. Haseley, Adam (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 24 season.
  13. Cole Irvin (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 26 season.
  14. Adonis Medina (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 23 season.
  15. Ranger Suarez (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 24 season.
  16. Deivi Grullon is a free agent going into his age 24 season (selected 9/1, pre-arb if he remains on the roster)
  17. Drew Anderson (1 yr/$555,000 (19)) is pre-arbitration, he’ll be entering his age 26 season. (released 9/2)

Fourteen Players are Minor League Free Agents at the End of the 2020 Season

  1. Fernando Salas was outrighted, and is a free agent entering his age 35 season.
  2. Rob Brantly was outrighted, but is arbitration eligible if on the 40-man roster.  Otherwise, he’s a free agent, entering his age 31 season.
  3. Mitch Walding was outrighted, but is a free agent entering his age 27 season.
  4. Matt McBride (Pre-arb) is a free agent going into his age 35 season
  5. Shane Robinson is a free agent going into his age 35 season
  6. Andrew Romine is a free agent going into his age 34 season
  7. Dan Straily is a free agent going into his age 31 season. However, if he were on the Forty, he would have one arbitration year remaining.
  8. Ali Castillo is a free agent going into his age 31 season
  9. Malquin Canelo is a free agent going into his age 25 season
  10. Jose Pujols is a free agent going into his age 24 season
  11. Alexis Rivero is a free agent going into his age 25 season
  12. Grenny Cumana is a free agent going into his age 24 season
  13. Jan Hernandez is a free agent going into his age 25 season
  14. Tyler Viza is a free agent going into his age 25 season
  15. Nick Hundley is a free agent going into his age 36 season (released 8/30)

Twenty-Five Players are First Year Rule 5 Eligible this Off Season

  1. JoJo Romero (LHV),
  2. Grant Dyer (REA),
  3. Julian Garcia (REA),
  4. Jonathan Hennigan (REA),
  5. Jeff Singer (REA),
  6. Henri Lartigue (REA),
  7. Darick Hall (REA),
  8. Raul Rivas (REA),
  9. Luke Williams (REA),
  10. Trevor Bettencourt (REA),
  11. Bailey Falter (REA),
  12. Mauricio Llovera (REA),
  13. Cornelius Randolph (REA),
  14. Rafael Marchan (CLR),
  15. Jhailyn Ortiz (CLR),
  16. Nick Fanti (CLR),
  17. Tyler Hallead (CLR),
  18. Rodolfo Duran (CLR),
  19. Manuel Silva (LAK),
  20. Jonathan Guzman (LAK),
  21. Malvin Matos (LAK),
  22. Ben Pelletier (LAK),
  23. Rafael Carvajal (WPT),
  24. Junior Tejada (WPT),
  25. Robinson Martinez (GCW).

Twenty Players are Returning Rule 5 Eligible Players this Off Season

  1. Alejandro Requena (CLR),
  2. Luis Carrasco (REA),
  3. Jose Taveras (CLR),
  4. Juan Escorcia (LAK),
  5. Oscar Marcelino (CLR),
  6. Jose Antequera (REA),
  7. Brandon Leibrandt (LHV) (60-IL),
  8. Aaron Brown (REA),
  9. Gilmael Troya (LAK),
  10. Daniel Brito (CLR),
  11. Nerluis Martinez (REA),
  12. Seth McGarry (CLR),
  13. Sandro Rosario (GCW) (60-IL),
  14. Luke Leftwich (REA),
  15. Edgar Cabral (CLR) (60-IL),
  16. Tyler Gilbert (LHV),
  17. Jose Gomez (REA),
  18. Gustavo Armas (CLR),
  19. Garrett Cleavinger (REA), and
  20. Ramon Rosso (LHV).

Guys who have options (# remaining)

  1. Rhys Hoskins (3)
  2. J.T. Realmuto (2)
  3. Scott Kingery (3)
  4. Adam Haseley (2)
  5. Andrew Knapp (3)
  6. Maikel Franco (1)
  7. Brad Miller (3)
  8. Aaron Nola (3)
  9. Vince Velasquez (2)
  10. Zach Eflin (1)
  11. Ranger Suarez (1)
  12. Edgar Garcia (2)
  13. Austin Davis (2)
  14. Victor Arano (2)
  15. Seranthony Dominguez (2)
  16. Odubel Herrera (3)
  17. Matt McBride (1)
  18. Jose Pirela (1)
  19. Mitch Walding (1)
  20. Nick Williams (1)
  21. Nick Pivetta (1)
  22. Enyel De Los Santos (1)
  23. Cole Irvin (2)
  24. Jerad Eickhoff (1)
  25. JD Hammer (2)
  26. Arquimedes Gamboa (3)
  27. Adonis Medina (3)

Last Option Used This Season

  1. Edubray Ramos (0)
  2. Drew Anderson (0)

And, finally, if the Phillies attempt to DFA someone off the 40-man roster, and if that player clears waivers, that player may be Rule 5 eligible or have the time served to elect free agency rather than accept assignment to a minor league affiliate.


This information is important when constructing the 40-man roster.  Not only will organizations try to protect promising young prospects, but they have to build a workable roster to compete with and support the team at the major league level.

As we have seen in the past, the Phillies will acquire new players during the off season that will be assigned to the 40-man roster and fill spots on their major league and AAA rosters.

While the Phillies are trying to build their 40-man roster, other teams are doing the same thing.  So, it will be difficult to trade players “we don’t want” to protect.

And, finally, not protecting a player does not mean he will be selected by another organization.  And if one is, he may be returned by the selecting team.

 

24 thoughts on “Rule 5 Information for 2019

  1. Very good detailed report Jim.
    —Of the 18 potential minor league free agents…I’d hope Grullon is tendered for the 40……thus AnKn DFA
    —And of the 25 first time Rule 5 eligibles…the three pitchers I would heavily consider would be JoJo, Falter and LLovera….and the two catchers Marchan and Duran…..love to see Hall protected but no room for him anymore,
    …..so think no more than two get added to the 40.

    1. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few organizations who are aware of the Phillies poor player development take a flyer on a few of the unprotected to find untapped talent.

      1. 8, I don’t agree. If I were a GM shopping for a Rule 5 pickup, I’d look for organizations that produce sound, fundamental players. I’d pay attention to deep organizations where player #41 in a Yankee organization could be #35 in my own system. Finally, I’d look for organizations that have relinquished value in the Rule 5 in the past. For the Phils, that last happened with George Bell more than a generation ago. The Phils fail in all these criteria.

        Could a team that loved and missed out on Jhailyn Ortiz put in a claim now? Sure, with a 26 man roster. But a lot of Rule 5 selections were returned this year and Ortiz would be a good bet to be returned.

    1. Amazing out of 40 players they could lose 24 by my count and it would not hurt, Terrible 40 man roster, If they don’t put Guillon on the forty with all those bad players on that list they are crazy.

      1. rocco..agree on Grullon.
        KLaw aside, he could be a very good catching asset as a back-up to JTR.
        And I care less he is a right handed swinger…and also looks like he has lost a few pounds around the mid-section

        Andrew K, bats left vs righties….and seems to make little difference

  2. Thanks Jim, terrific write up for us to discuss over the next few months. There should be quite a few names coming off the 40 so adding some (Jo Jo, Llovera, Marchan, Hall) should be easy this year. I do look forward to another off season of free additions that will need spots. We have lots of dead weight but unfortunately can’t just drop guys that haven’t produced yet. Lots of trades could be coming though….

    1. Lots of trades won’t be coming. As much as we like to feel that we have more talent that we can add onto the 40 man, every single team out there is going through the exact same thing with their 40 man roster. And if teams feel that the Phillies are going to have a roster crunch and leave guys exposed to the rule 5 draft, then why trade for these marginal players. They’ll just select them and not have to trade anything.

  3. Appreciate the article/info Jim.

    There is a lot of players to be slashed from the 40 man, quick glance, I saw 8. The injury pretty much fills it right back up. I don’t see the FO having trouble trimming this year.

    With Bruce and Dickerson in the fold, pretty sure Herrera is as good as gone. Quinn, Haselely, and moniak can round out the OF pipeline.

    Hope he spent his money wisely, and not as if it was endless.

      1. Not to disagree, but on the other hand hasn’t Dickerson done more than anyone could expect of him. Who, for example, has hit better than him since his arrival?

        1. Dickerson has played well.
          But he probably is limited to LF, may be a little CF….so what happens to Haseley/Cutch/Roman/Bruce…now there is a logjam?
          He will also be looking for a $10M minimum, and more than just one year…..whether he gets it from some other team will determine if he comes back to the Phillies I would think.
          The numbers are against him….unless Klentak can do the unusual and cull the herd out there..

          1. I keep Dickerson, with Jay Bruce on the bench. We may assume Cutch will be back, but at what %? Haseley may be a decent trade chip come next year’s deadline but I don’t see him as a starting OF moving forward. A healthy Quinn is only a luxury we can’t rely on. Doobie is history. So while we say there would be a logjam, let’s not count chickens just yet. I like Dickerson, especially in a platoon in LF.

            1. Doubt they will do that because Dickerson will cost midlevel free agent money. I think they go with Cutch and Bryce in the corners, Bruce and Quinn on the bench, and TBD in CF. Haseley, Herrera, or someone new. If they think Haseley is the solution by midseason then the someone new is probably an inexpensive free agent.

            2. Given up on Haseley already?
              ….you do know he is having the Kingery 2018 year….almost to a tee.

              8mark…..the oxen is slow…..but the earth is patient.

            3. Why would Dickerson come back to Philadelphia to platoon when he can probably start elsewhere and get the same if not more money?

            4. I know it’s a risk, but I would like to see Haseley’s development over Dickerson. but I do feel he is valuable to this team.

  4. Amazing all this information on Rule 5. I always thought about who is available and didn’t think of the nuances of the whole process.

    Thanks Jim for trying to make me smarter.

  5. Fans always think other teams 40-man rosters are better than their own.. In reality with the exception of a handful of teams their all very similar in talent level with some teams being stronger in pitching and other hitting…

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