Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
I know that, but the rules read that you have five full years in an organization before being required to protect a player if they were drafted at 18 and four years if drafted 19 or older. Since he was 21 when drafted, I believe the Reds have four full seasons before needing to protect him. Unless 2006 counts as a season, which I don't believe it does (though I may be mistaken), then 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 are the seasons they can leave him off the 40-man, then upon submitting protected rosters in November of next year, they'd have to add him to the 40-man roster.
That counts as a year. Basically anyone drafted out of HS in 2005 or before is in need of protecting this year and anyone drafted out of college in 2006 or before is in need or protecting.