There have been a lot of questions about who the Pittsburgh Pirates sent to the San Diego Padres as the player to be named later in the Ryan Ludwick trade. The Padres haven’t picked a player yet, but they still have time to make a decision. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will have their PTBNL questions cleared up after the Rule 5 draft, getting picks from the Cubs and Pirates.
The fact that the Padres are waiting until after the draft gives a strong indication that the players on their list are Rule 5 eligible. It wouldn’t make sense for them to select the player before the Rule 5 draft, since they could potentially lose that player in the draft. And if the Pirates lose that player, they can just pick someone else.
The full list of the Pirates’ Rule 5 eligible players can be found here.