The Major League Baseball Rule 5 Draft will be taking place at the Winter Meetings as it does every year. In case you are not familiar the Rule 5 Draft is where any Major League team may choose a player from another teams 40-man roster.
The selected player must have been under contract for at least four or five years. The team drafting the player must keep him on their 25-man roster the entire year, or return him to the original team. Here are the 13 selections in the 2014 MLB Rule 5 Draft:
1. Diamondbacks pick Oscar Hernandez from Rays
2. Rockies pick Mark Canha from Marlins (Rockies then traded him to A’s)
3. Rangers pick Delino DeShields Jr. from Astros
4. Astros pick Jason Garcia from Red Sox (Astros then traded him to Orioles)
5. Twins pick J.R. Graham from Braves
6. Red Sox pick Jandel Gustave from Astros (Red Sox traded him to Royals)
8. Cubs pick Taylor Featherston from Rockies (Cubs then traded him to Angels for cash)
9. Phillies pick Odubel Herrera from Rangers
11. Marlins pick Andrew McKirahan from Cubs
14. Mets pick Sean Gilmartin from Twins
15. Braves pick Daniel Winkler from Rockies
20. Mariners pick David Rollins from Astros
28. Orioles pick Logan Verrett from Mets
Some of the most notable Rule 5 drafted players in modern history are Johan Santana, Dan Uggla, Josh Hamilton and Shane Victorino. This article will rank the top five selections from last season’s draft. This particular year was very bountiful for teams as a number of quality players were acquired and kept the entire season.