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Explaining 40-Man Roster, Rule 5 Draft and DFAs

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 08: Colin Poche #38 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers the pitch against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 08: Colin Poche #38 of the Tampa Bay Rays delivers the pitch against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning in game four of the American League Division Series at Tropicana Field on October 08, 2019 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 07: Willy Adames thanks teammate, Matt Duffy for explaining the confusing rules of DFAs and the Rule 5 Draft.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 07: Willy Adames thanks teammate, Matt Duffy for explaining the confusing rules of DFAs and the Rule 5 Draft.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

Explaining the Rule 5 Draft

Any player who signed with their team at age 18 or less is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft after five seasons. Any player who signed with their team at the age of 19 or beyond is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. After four or five years (depending on how old the player was when they signed) they either force their way onto the 40-man roster or another team has the option to draft them to their 40-man roster. This is for the benefit of the player who possesses desirable talent but may be blocked by a stacked organization.

A Rule 5 Draft pick goes straight to the 25-man roster. On top of that, the drafting club has to pay $100k to the player’s former club. If the new team decides to place the player on waivers and he clears, he must be offered back to the original team for $50k. For more information on the intricacies of the Minor League rights and other rules, check out mlb.com’s official page on the Rule 5 Draft.

So the main idea here is protecting players that other teams might be happy to take off of our hands. For instance, the Rays just added five players to the 40-man roster – including highly-touted prospect Vidal Brujan – in order to prevent other teams from whisking him away for $100,000.

It may seem difficult to imagine, but there have been some very big-named players that were acquired in Rule 5 Drafts. Sometimes a team has a promising player but no room on the roster to add him to the 40-man roster. If another team sees the potential in the player and is willing to add him to the 25-man roster right away, then it’s off to the Big-Leagues for that guy!

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