Collins and Louis Coleman aren't eligible for the Rule 5 draft.

Louis Coleman and Tim Collins, two relief pitchers for the Kansas City Royals, looked like two of the best options available for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The decision for Kansas City to leave both players unprotected was a surprise, considering their results at the AAA level, and the chance that both players could make the majors in 2011.  There's a good reason they were unprotected: they didn't need to be protected.

Collins was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of high school in 2007, which makes his Rule 5 year next year.  Coleman was drafted in 2005, 2008, and 2009, but didn't sign until the 2009 draft, which means he won't be eligible until the 2012 Rule 5 draft.

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