The Dodgers face a roster crunch every winter when their prospects become eligible for the rule five draft. This winter will be no different.
Every offseason, the Dodgers forty man roster becomes a crunch as talented prospects become eligible for the rule five draft. This winter will be no different as the Dodgers will see some notable players become rule five eligible. For those who may be wondering how a player becomes eligible for the rule five draft, here is a breakdown from MLB.com:
Players who signed with their current club at age 18 or younger and have played professionally for at least five years are eligible to be selected, as are those who signed at 19 or older and have at least four years of professional experience.
Some notable players who have been selected in the rule five draft are Johan Santana, Shane Victorino, Dan Uggla, Joakim Soria, and Roberto Clemente. While loaded teams like the Dodgers usually avoid participating in the rule five draft, it is an opportunity for rebuilding teams to pluck talent from contenders who cannot protect all of their players from the draft.
Here is a breakdown of the Dodgers’ prospects who are rule five eligible this winter and will need to be added to LA’s forty man roster or risk being plucked from the organization.