The Rule 5 draft is always a big topic for Pittsburgh Pirates fans. Ever since the team lost five players in the first six picks of the 2003 draft, fans have focused on who the Pirates need to protect. The 2011 draft will be the first draft where college players taken in the 2008 draft will be eligible. The Pirates' approach over the last few years, with their focus on the 2008 draft, and the trades they have made, has created what many have referred to as a roster crunch.
I talked earlier in the season about keeping the roster crunch in perspective. The Pirates aren't exactly at risk of losing anyone important. Guys like Starling Marte, Justin Wilson, and Rudy Owens will be protected with ease. It's the guys on the bottom half of the list that raise questions. Guys like Brett Lo...
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