Jennifer Langosch reports today that, contrary to previous belief, Rudy Owens and Diego Moreno are not eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Langosch explains the reasons in full, and as a summary:
-Owens was drafted in 2006, when he was 18, but didn't sign his contract until May 30, 2007, when he was 19. The Rule 5 date is June 5th of the year the player was drafted or signed, meaning Owens was considered an 18 year old for Rule 5 purposes, rather than a 19 year old. That means that Owens is eligible for his fifth Rule 5 draft, rather than his fourth. Since Owens was signed in 2007, he missed the 2006 Rule 5 draft, making the 2010 draft the fourth one that he's been under contract for.
-Moreno is a similar situation. He turned 19 on ...
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