While the Rule 5 draft doesn't take place until December, when Winter Meetings are being held in Nashville, Tennessee during the 3rd through the 6th, General Manager Neal Huntington and his front office staff have already begun their process of evaluating the talent.

That process, Huntington said, starts back in Spring Training and continues throughout the season. Those first time eligible and re-eligible's are evaluated throughout the season. And now that the regular season for Pittsburgh has ended, Huntington said they will be holding meetings this month on which players they will look to protect, and who they could possibly remove from the roster to open spots.

"We identify internally the guys that are Rule 5 eligible, the guys that are potential minor league free agents, the guys...

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