Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
Would you protect him from the rule five draft? A team could stash him on the roster for a year and option him the following three years to keep him in the organization.
I guess it depends on who else the Reds have to protect.
If 40 man roster slots are tight, I probably wouldn't worry about protecting him.
Many teams carry 12 pitchers on the ML roster now. There just isn't room to make the 25th man a rule V position player that never plays anymore. This was more common in the 80's with 10 man pitching staffs.
It just seems (not researched) that a lot of Rule V picks now are pitchers that teams can use as mop up men for the first year if they decide to keep them.
Thank you Walt and Bob for going for it in 2012 AND 2013!
Nov. 13, 2007: One of the greatest days in Reds history: John Allen gets the boot!