I’m wondering who’s eligible this year, my guess is that Ryan Harvey will be, as will Mike Fontenot, Jake Fox, Kerry Ligtenberg, Casey MaGehee and Carmen Pigniatello. I’d like to see the list of eligible Cubs if anybody has access to it; the Cubs have at least six to seven guys that can be dropped or traded from the current 40 man by my reckoning (Angel Guzman, Adam Harben, Jose Reyes, Brian Dopirak, Glendon Rusch, Roberto Novoa and Freddie Bynum.) You have to figure that they will use three or four of those spots for free agents, perhaps we can trade some of the others…

UPDATE: All of the names mentioned above ARE eligible. I’m not all that worried about losing any of them though. Pigniatello would be the only one I may consider protecting. He pitched well last year in AAA and is pitching well in Arizona this winter. Couple that with the fact that he’s a lefty and it means someone will give him a shot. Here is the criteria for being Rule 5 Eligible.

Any player that has played professional baseball for more than 3 years (or more than 4 years if signed at the age of 18 or younger) is eligible for the draft, provided he is not on a team’s 40-man roster. (The new Collective Bargaining Agreement approved after the 2006 season would extend those limits to 4 and 5 years, respectively.)

If chosen in the Rule 5 draft, a player must be kept on the selecting team’s 25-man major league roster for the entire season after the draft–he may not be optioned or designated to the minors. The selecting team may, at any time, waive the Rule 5 draftee, such as when it no longer wishes to keep him on the major league roster. If a Rule 5 draftee clears waivers, he must be offered back to the original team, effectively canceling the Rule 5 draft choice. Once a Rule 5 draftee spends an entire season on his new team’s 25-man roster, his status reverts to normal and he may be optioned or designated for assignment. To prevent the abuse of the Rule 5 draft, the rule also states that the draftee must be active for at least 90 days. This keeps teams from drafting players, then “hiding” them on the disabled list for the majority of the season. For example, if a Rule 5 draftee was only active for 67 days in his first season with his new club, he must be active for an additional 23 games in his second season to satisfy the Rule 5 requirements.

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