If MLB Expanded Tomorrow

Over the past year or so, there has been a considerable amount of talk regarding possible expansion in Major League Baseball to cities including Las Vegas, Mexico City, Montreal, and Portland, Oregon. While we haven’t seen an expansion draft in over two decades, since the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks expansion draft before the 1998 season, I was interested in looking at how each team would prepare for an expansion before the 2018 season.

This hypothetical is similar to a reality faced in the National Hockey League this past summer. The 30 member teams of the NHL submitted protected player lists and each lost at least one player as the league’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights, entered competition. It goes to show that expansion is always possible in major sports, and teams should be prepared.

I set the protected lists up under the following guidelines:

  • Every team must select fifteen players to protect from within the organization before the first round.  Following each round, three more players can be protected.
  • A team can only lose one player per round.
  • Players who were signed as amateurs or drafted in 2016 or 2017 were automatically protected.

Here are the lists by division! The first 15 are protected outright, the three following would be protected before round two, with the final three being protected before round three. Discuss, debate, and have fun! I will reveal my “expansion team” later this week!

BaltimoreBostonNew York (AL)TorontoTampa
Adam JonesMookie BettsAaron JudgeMarcus StromanChristian Arroyo
Chance SiscoAndrew BenintendiGary SanchezAaron SanchezChris Archer
Jonathan SchoopJackie BradleyDomingo AcevedoRoberto OsunaAlex Colome
Dylan BundyXander BogaertsMiguel AndujarJosh DonaldsonDan Jennings
Kevin GausmanEduardo NunezAaron HicksDevon TravisWilly Adames
Brad BrachEduardo RodriguezGleyber TorresAnthony AlfordBrent Honeywell
Hunter HarveyChris SaleTyler WadeVladimir Guerrero Jr.Jose De Leon
Manny MachadoCraig KimbrelGiancarlo StantonDanny JansenJake Bauers
Tim BeckhamChristian VazquezLuis SeverinoJustin SmoakKevin Kiermaier
Trey ManciniMichael ChavisJordan MontgomerySean Reid-FoleyCarlos Gomez
Cedric MullinsSam TravisBrandon DruryRyan BoruckiMallex Smith
Andrew CashnerJoe KellyGreg BirdMarco EstradaBlake Snell
Tanner ScottMatt BarnesEstevan FlorialKevin PillarJake Faria
Ryan MountcastleDrew PomeranzChance AdamsTeoscar HernandezWilson Ramos
Mychal GivensRafael DeversJustus SheffieldRandal GrichukC.J. Cron
Anthony SantanderTyler ThornburgAlbert AbreuRyan TeperaAnthony Banda
Zach BrittonJosh OckimeyMasahiro TanakaJoe BiaginiNick Solak
DJ StewartBrian JohnsonDellin BetancesYangervis SolarteBrad Miller
Mark TrumboCarson SmithTommy KahnleAledmys DiazAustin Pruitt
Darren O’DayMarco HernandezFreicer PerezJ.A. HappAdeiny Hechavarria
Colby RasmusHeath HembreeCC SabathiaCurtis GrandersonJustin Williams
Chicago (AL)ClevelandDetroitKansas CityMinnesota
Yoan MoncadaFrancisco MejiaNicholas CastellanosSalvador PerezByron Buxton
Michael KopechCarlos CarrascoBeau BurrowsDanny DuffyJose Berrios
Reynaldo LopezCorey KluberDaz CameronKelvin HerreraFernando Romero
Lucas GiolitoMichael BrantleyFranklin PerezCheslor CuthbertMax Kepler
Dane DunningMike ClevingerIsaac ParedesHunter DozierJorge Polanco
Avisail GarciaTrevor BauerJeimer CandelarioJorge BonifacioJason Castro
Carlos RodonAndrew MillerrJames McCannWhit MerrifieldAddison Reed
Yolmer SanchezFrancisco LindorJose IglesiasBrandon MaurerLance Lynn
Welington CastilloBradley ZimmerMichael FulmerSeuly MatiasErvin Santana
Jose AbreuBobby BradleyShane GreeneEric SkoglundStephen Gonsalves
Tim AndersonYandy DiazJake RogersTrevor OaksBrian Dozier
Ryan CordellCody AllenDawel LugoJosh StaumontMiguel Sano
Nate JonesDanny SalazarChristin StewartFoster GriffinEddie Rosario
Eloy JimenezEric HaaseGregory SotoScott BlewettJake Odorizzi
Dylan CeaseTriston McKenzieMike GerberRaul MondesiNick Gordon
Leury GarciaWilli CastroDaniel NorrisNathan KarnsLaMonte Wade
Charlie TilsonLonnie ChisenhallVictor ReyesLucas DudaLogan Morrison
Nicky DelmonicoGreg AllenSergio AlcantaraMiguel AlmonteJoe Mauer
Ian ClarkinNick GoodyMatt BoydSamir DuenezKyle Gibson
Adam EngelZach McAllisterAlex WilsonMike MoustakasWander Javier
Greg InfanteYu-Cheng ChangTyler AlexanderErick MejiaAdalberto Mejia

 

HoustonLos Angeles (AL)OaklandSeattleTexas
Jose AltuveMike TroutFranklin BarretoNelson CruzAdrian Beltre
Carlos CorreaAndrelton SimmonsMatt OlsonKyle SeagerElvis Andrus
Kyle TuckerIan KinslerMatt ChapmanJames PaxtonMartin Perez
Dallas KeuchelMatt ShoemakerDustin FowlerJean SeguraYohander Mendez
Ken GilesGarrett RichardsJorge MateoMitch HanigerRonald Guzman
Chris DevenskiKole CalhounJames KaprielianBen GamelNomar Mazara
George SpringerZack CozartJonathan LucroyDan VogelbachMichael Matuella
Yuli GurrielJustin UptonStephen PiscottyMike FordAlex Claudio
David PaulinoJ.C. RamirezDaniel MengdenDee GordonKeone Kela
Marwin GonzalezTyler SkaggsSean ManaeaMike ZuninoJoey Gallo
Alex BregmanAndrew HeaneyKhris DavisMarco GonzalezWillie Calhoun
Lance McCullersLeonardo RivasMarcus SemienEdwin DiazDelino DeShields
Gerrit ColeCam BedrosianKendall GravemanAriel MirandaMatt Moore
Francis MartesJahmai JonesBlake TreinenRyon HealyMatt Bush
Yordan AlvarezMichael HermosilloJed LowrieBraden BishopLeody Taveras
Charlie MortonBlake ParkerJharel CottonAndrew MooreJurickson Profar
Rogelio ArmenterosParker BridwellDaniel GossettFelix HernandezRougned Odor
Cionel PerezJaime BarriaFrankie MontasMax PovseJake Diekman
Evan GattisNick TropeanoGrant HolmesGuillermo HerediaMiguel Aparicio
Brian McCannJake JewellBoog PowellNick VincentCole Hamels
Brad PeacockMartin MaldonadoPaul BlackburnErasmo RamirezAnderson Tejeda

 

AtlantaMiamiNew York (NL)PhiladelphiaWashington
Ronald AcunaLewis BrinsonNoah SyndergaardOdubel HerreraBryce Harper
Freddie FreemanJ.T. RealmutoJacob deGromNick WilliamsTrea Turner
Kolby AllardJustin BourJeurys FamiliaAaron AltherrMax Scherzer
Arodys VizcainoMagneuris SierraSteven MatzMaikel FrancoGio Gonzalez
Julio TeheranMonte HarrisonZack WheelerRhys HoskinsTanner Roark
Dansby SwansonJorge GuzmanAmed RosarioAaron NolaVictor Robles
Ozzie AlbiesMerandy GonzalezDominic SmithVince VelasquezMichael Taylor
Ender InciarteJose UrenaAsdrubal CabreraCesar HernandezRyan Zimmerman
Johan CamargoDerek DietrichMichael ConfortoJ.P. CrawfordAnthony Rendon
Sean NewcombStarlin CastroTodd FrazierScott KingeryDaniel Murphy
Mike FoltynewiczDan StrailyBrandon NimmoJorge AlfaroAdam Eaton
Luiz GoharaSandy AlcantaraYoenis CespedesSixto SanchezSean Doolittle
Cristian PacheKyle BarracloughTomas NidoHector NerisA.J. Cole
Mike SorokaIsan DiazAndres GimenezAdonis MedinaJuan Soto
Max FriedBrian AndersonChris FlexenFranklyn KilomeErick Fedde
Jose RamirezJordan YamamotoTravis d’ArnaudJerad EickhoffWilmer Difo
Pablo LopezLuis GuillormeRoman QuinnBrian Goodwin
Rio RuizNick NeidertWilmer FloressBen LivelyRyan Madson
Tyler FlowersBraxton LeeAJ RamosAndrew KnappEnny Romero
Kurt SuzukiJames NelsonJason VargasZach EflinAndrew Stevenson
A.J. MinterJT RiddleMatt HarveyRanger SuarezKelvin Gutierrez

 

ChicagoCincinnatiMilwaukeePittsburghSt. Louis
Anthony RizzoLuis CastilloChristian YelichJosh HarrisonMatt Carpenter
Kris BryantEugenio SuarezJimmy NelsonColin MoranPaul DeJong
Albert AlmoraRaisel IglesiasOrlando ArciaTyler GlasnowJedd Gyorko
Ian HappMichael LorenzenCorey KnebelGregory PolancoMarcell Ozuna
Kyle HendricksTucker BarnhartDomingo SantanaStarling MarteCarlos Martinez
Mike MontgomeryJose SiriAdrian HouserAustin MeadowsAlex Reyes
Kyle SchwarberJesse WinkerTravis ShawJosh BellTyler O’Neill
Yu DarvishBilly HamiltonManny PinaMitch KellerAustin Gomber
Javier BaezTony SantillanChase AndersonJameson TaillonYadier Molina
Willson ContrerasAnthony DeSclafaniZach DaviesCole TuckerCarson Kelly
Jose QuintanaJose PerazaFreddy PeraltaCorey DickersonTommy Pham
Adbert AlzolayBrandon FinneganJunior GuerraFelipe RiverooMichael Wacha
Carl Edwards JrShed LongJosh HaderJoe MusgroveLuke Gregerson
Aramis AdemanTyler StephensonBrett PhillipsKe’Bryan HayesJack Flaherty
Jose AlbertosTyler MahleBrandon WoodruffKevin NewmanHarrison Bader
Oscar De La CruzAdam DuvallEric ThamesIvan NovaLuke Weaver
Addison RussellAlex BlandinoJhoulys ChacinChad KuhlTyler Lyons
Brandon MorrowRobert StephensonMarcos DiplanMichael FelizJordan Hicks
Victor CaratiniAristides AquinoHernan PerezTaylor HearnDominic Leone
Jen-Ho TsengCody ReedJonathan VillarNick KinghamJose Martinez
Pedro StropAmir GarrettEric SogardSteven BraultKolten Wong

 

 

ArizonaColoradoLos AngelesSan DiegoSan Francisco
Paul GoldschmidtDavid DahlWalker BuehlerFernando TatisAndrew McCutchen
A.J. PollockRyan McMahonChris TaylorWil MyersJoe Panik
Taylor ClarkeJon GrayCorey SeagerManuel MargotBrandon Crawford
Marcus WilsonKyle FreelandClayton KershawBrad HandBuster Posey
Chris OwingsCharlie BlackmonAlex WoodAustin HedgesMadison Bumgarner
Steven SouzaDJ LeMahieuKenley JansenJose PirelaBrandon Belt
Archie BradleyNolan ArenadoCody BellingerLuis PerdomoSteven Duggar
Ketel MarteTrevor StoryJustin TurnerDinelson LametEvan Longoria
David PeraltaBrendan RodgersYasmani GrandalBryan MitchellTy Blach
Patrick CorbinYency AlmonteAustin BarnesMatt StrahmChris Stratton
Jake LambSam HowardYasiel PuigLuis UriasTony Watson
Robbie RayRaimel TapiaKeibert RuizFranchy CorderoHunter Strickland
Taijuan WalkerRyan CastellaniPedro BaezLogan AllenChris Shaw
Domingo LeybaPeter LambertAlex VerdugoEsteury RuizTyler Beede
Brad BoxbergerChad BettisYadier AlvarezAndrew LockettWill Smith
Zack GodleyTyler AndersonYusniel DiazHunter RenfroeSandro Fabian
Jimmie SherfyAntonio SenzatelaDennis SantanaJavy GuerraAramis Garcia
Braden ShipleyGerardo ParraKenta MaedaAllen CordobaSam Dyson
Shelby MillerAdam OttavinoBrock StewartLuis TorrensAndrew Suarez
Alex AvilaTony WoltersScott AlexanderAnderson EspinozaRyder Jones
Socrates BritoTyler NevinAndrew TolesJacob NixMac Williamson

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