Rudy Owens, Diego Moreno Not Rule 5 Eligible

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...

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Starling Marte Not Rule 5 Eligible

Two years ago Dejan Kovacevic took a look at the top international prospects in the Pirates’ system at the time, featuring Starling Marte.  In the article, he noted that Marte was signed in 2006 out of the Dominican Republic.  Two years ago, I was putting together the initial database needed to start this site, which included transaction dates and Rule 5/Minor League Free Agent years.  This was before the PBC Blog came around,...

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2010-2011 Off Season Primer

With the World Series coming to an end tonight, the 2010/2011 off-season officially begins tomorrow.  You can check out all of the important off-season dates on the Off-Season Calendar.  Here is a quick primer of all of the off-season topics: 40-Man Rosters Teams must reinstate players from the 60-day disabled list by Sunday, getting their rosters down to 40-men.  The Pittsburgh Pirates currently have four players on the 60-day...

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Should Tony Watson Be Protected?

There are several Pittsburgh Pirates prospects who are eligible for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The following players are eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the first time this December: Nathan Adcock Gabriel Alvarado Maurice Bankston Tom Boleska Jesus Brito Brian Friday Eric Fryer Brandon Holden Erik Huber Ryan Kelly Noah Krol Jeff Locke Jairo Marquez Starling Marte Austin McClune Kyle McPherson Miguel Mendez Diego Moreno Danny Moskos...

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The Rule 5 Roster Crunch Begins Early

Dejan Kovacevic shed some light on the Ronald Uviedo trade for Dana Eveland today, by saying that Uviedo would have probably been cleared off the 40-man roster this winter in order to make room for some first time eligible Rule 5 prospects.  For a detailed rundown on the Rule 5 draft, check out the Rule 5 wiki page.  For a short rundown: Players who are in the organization but not on the 40-man roster are eligible if: -They...

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