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September 07, 2007

Rule 5 Eligibles and Six-Year Minor-League Free Agents

I’ve tried my best to be thorough, but I’m not going to mislead you by saying these lists are authoritative.

RULE FIVE ELIGIBLES

In essence, players who signed in 2004 and were at least 19 years old and all other players who signed in 2003 or earlier are eligible for the Rule 5 draft. The rules are more complex, but I don’t want to crush your spirit with a full explanation.

Players already on the 40-man roster aren’t eligible. This list excludes potential minor-league free agents (see below).

Pitchers

Kevin Altman (2003 draft)
John Bannister (2002 free agent)
Bear Bay (2002 draft pick by Cubs)
Thomas Diamond (2004 draft)
Matt Harrison (2003 draft pick by Braves)
Jesse Ingram (2004 draft)
Julio Santana (2002 free agent)
Scott Shoemaker (2004 fee agent)
Steven Rowe (2002 free agent)

Catchers

Max Ramirez (2002 free agent)
Kevin Richardson (2002 free agent)

Infielders

Casey Benjamin (2003 free agent)
Jim Fasano (2004 draft)
Adam Fox (2003 draft)
Emerson Frostad (2003 draft)
Micah Furtado (2003 draft)
Ian Gac (2003 draft)
Nate Gold (2002 draft)
Mauro Gomez (2003 free agent)
Luke Grayson (2002 draft)
Tug Hulett (2004 draft)
Drew Meyer (2002 draft)
Freddie Thon (2004 draft)

Outfielders

Brandon Boggs (2004 draft)
Ben Harrison (2004 draft)

SIX-YEAR MINOR-LEAGUE FREE AGENTS

The “six? in “six-year free agent? refers to annual contract renewals, not seasons, so players who signed in 2002 and are completing their sixth seasons (Nate Gold, for example) aren’t eligible.

Pitchers

Ezequiel Astacio
Chris Baker
Michael Bumstead
Bruce Chen
Ken Chenard
Francisco Cruceta
Franklyn German
Jose Jaimes

Derek Lee
Jose Marte
Brandon Puffer
Scott Rice
Alfredo Simon
Jorge Vasquez
Randy Williams

Catchers

Salomon Manriquez

Infielders

Dave Matranga
Desi Relaford

Outfielders

Anthony Webster
Kevin West

OTHER POTENTIAL FREE AGENTS

Players who have been previously released can become free agents irrespective of the service time requirement. These players appear to fit that criterion.

SP Kendy Batista
RP Ryan Knippschild
C Reese Creswell

Posted by Lucas at September 7, 2007 04:56 PM