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Rule 5 Draft is Today

The last thing on the agenda in the winter meetings is the Rule 5 Draft and today is the day.  Not to go into excruciating detail but here is the bottom line.

The Biz of Baseball.

Clubs draft in reverse order of their won-loss records in the previous season, and only clubs with less than 40 players on their rosters may take part. To select an eligible player, a drafting club pays $50,000 to the player’s original club. The drafting club must keep the player on its 25-man active roster for all of the next season or put him on waivers. If a third club claims the player on waivers, the third club also must keep him in the majors all season. If the player clears waivers, he must be offered back to his original club for $25,000. A drafting club may work out a trade with the player’s original club so that the drafting club can keep him and send him to the minor leagues.

The Marlins have a slot open on the 40-man roster so it is conceivable they could draft someone.  I don't think they will, but it is possible.  If they do, and everything the Marlins are hoping for happens (players showing ability to hit, others coming off the 60-day DL, players traded for can pitch) the player won't be with the team long.  Should the Marlins hopes and dreams not be realized I guess one of the ones available could stick for a while.  But I doubt that will happen.

As you remember the Marlins got Dan Uggla in the Rule 5 draft, however a player that good, whatever the position, is not available this year.  Or so it appears to me.  But I've been wrong before.