Here's an interesting topic for an off/rainy day and a bit of a change of pace from the usual topics on here.
Let's say that MLB has decided to expand by two teams in 2012. Every team must submit a protected list for the draft. Those on the protected list cannot be drafted by the expansion teams. The rules for the protected list are as follows:
A) Players who were drafted in the last two amateur drafts are not eligible to be selected in the Expansion draft. Also, players selected in the 2009 amateur draft who were under the age of 19 at the time they were selected are also exempt. Teams do not have to protect these players. These same rules apply to amateur free agents who signed in the same timeframe.
B) Any player who is going to be a free agent, obviously, will not need to be protected in this draft, since they will not be on their team’s roster at the time of the draft.
C) Teams are required to submit a list of 15 eligible players who will be “protected” for the first round, meaning that neither expansion team can select them.
D) The expansion teams are only allowed to select one player from any organization per round.
E) After each expansion team has picked 15 players (which would mean that every MLB club has had one players selected), each club is allowed to protect three additional players for Round 2. At that point, the process repeats itself, with 15 more picks, and three more protected players, for Round 3. This continues until each expansion team has selected 35 players
So, using these rules, what 15 would you protect on the Reds? In my online search for the rules I see that Redleg Nation and The Platoon Advantage has already done this so my apologies for being derivative.