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 July 21, 2006, and was signed in August 2006. However, he was 18 on June 5th, 2006, which means that, like Owens, he was considered an 18 year old. He was in the system for the 2006 Rule 5 draft, wh...
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