The annual MLB Winter Meetings are officially underway and will conclude with the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.
The Rule 5 Draft allows teams to select players from other teams who were not kept on a 40-man roster. It also prevents teams from stockpiling too many young players in the minors when other teams could start them in the majors.
Teams have already begun signing free agents. The Boston Red Sox agreed to a three-year deal with catcher Mike Napoli (via ESPN) and the Texas Rangers signed relief pitcher Joakim Soria to a two-year deal (via ESPN).
While signing veteran free agents, teams should be wary of filling a 40-man roster or else they won’t be able to participate in the draft.
With the draft only a couple of days away, here are some players that teams should keep their eyes on.