In two weeks and one day, on November 20th, MLB teams will have to submit their 40-man rosters, complete with players protected from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. I've posted the players who are eligible before, and you should know the rules if you've been reading this site for any amount of time. If not, here is a quick refresher on when players become eligible.
**If a player was 18 or younger in the year he was signed, he is eligible for his fifth Rule 5 draft.
**If a player was 19 or older in the year he was signed, he is eligible for his fourth Rule 5 draft.
In most cases, this impacts high school players in the 2009 draft, and college players in the 2010 draft. There are some exceptions, primarily if a high school player was 19 when signed. That's the case with Stetson Allie, who was a prep player in 2010, but was 19 that season.
The international signings can be a bit tricky. The rules are still the same with the 18/19 split, and most international players are 18 or youn...
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