Over at MLB Trade Rumors they are running a fun little series during the whole “we have no real baseball happening right now” situation about which players an organization would protect if Major League Baseball were to have an expansion draft following the season. It’s been quite a while since baseball has done this, so let’s go with a quick refresher course of who is, and who isn’t eligible for the expansion draft:
Who isn’t eligible
- Prospects with less than 3 years service time if signed at 19 or older and have no MLB experience.
- Prospects with less than 4 years service time if signed at 18 or younger and have no MLB experience.
- Players with 10/5 rights, or players with a no-trade clause in their current contact UNLESS they have agreed to waive that for the draft. They, however, count towards the 15 player limit unless they waive their status.
Who is eligible
Everyone else in the organization.
Who would the Cincinnati Reds have to protect?
The only for-sure answer is Joey Votto. He has 10-and-5 rights. There may be other players who have signed with the Reds who have a no-trade clause, but team policy is that they don’t say whether or not a player has one – so we’re going to just operate on the idea that no one does.
Let’s also remember that this draft would in theory be taking place after the season – so players who will be free agents don’t count here. So mark off Freddy Galvis, Anthony DeSclafani, Pedro Strop, and Trevor Bauer on your lists.
Who to protect from the Reds organization
There have to be some absolute locks, right? There’s Joey Votto regardless of how you actually feel about the idea of someone picking him up. That leaves 14 spots open for the team to use. I think we can all agree that Luis Castillo, Sonny Gray, Eugenio Suarez, Nick Castellanos, and Mike Moustakas are on the protect list with Joey Votto, right? My list would be deeper than that, but I’m certain not everyone would agree with my other picks.
So the question then becomes who else is added to your team? Share your 15 with everyone in the comments section – and if you’ve got a pick or five that you think might be disagreeable from others, explain why you made them.