MLB Rule 5 Draft: Every Team's Best-Case Scenario

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MLB Rule 5 Draft: Every Team's Best-Case Scenario
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One of the most overlooked aspects of baseball's offseason is the Rule 5 draft. Taking place at MLB's Winter Meetings, the draft has special rules for eligibility. If a player has played for four or more years for an organization and were signed at age 19 or older, he is eligible. Similarly, if he has played five years and was signed at age 18 or younger, he is also eligible. The final rule of eligibility is that the player must not currently be on the MLB 40-man roster.

Not all teams participate in the Rule 5 draft, because not all teams have an available spot on their 40-man roster. Many teams will promote prospects to their roster shortly before the draft, a practice known as protecting.

Famous alumni of the Rule 5 include Roberto Clemente, Jose Bautista, Shane Victorino and Johan Santana.

But for now, I'll give very general predictions for what each team can hope for during the Rule 5 draft.

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