Yesterday, the 20th of November, represented the deadline for Major League teams to finalize their 40-man rosters. For those who are not as familiar with the intricacy of baseball rosters, the 40-man roster represents the players who are eligible to play on the 25-man Major League roster. During the offseason however, the 40-man roster is used to protect players from the Rule 5 draft which takes place in December.
The Rule 5 Draft
In the Rule 5 draft players who are not protected by the 40-man roster are eligible to be drafted by the other teams for a fee of $50,000. If the player that is selected does not stay on the 25-man roster for the entire season he must be offered back to his original team for $25,000. Notable Rule 5 draft picks in the past include Johan Santana, Josh Hamilton, Jose Bautista, and Red Sox right-fielder Shane Victorino. Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was also a Rule 5 draft pick, so clearly neither the draft nor the players the Red Sox placed on the 40-man roster be overlooked. Continue reading Red Sox Add Three to 40-Man Roster, Future Begins to Take Shape »