April 22nd

Gregory Polanco – Activated 

Polanco has been activated and played in last night’s game. After a late 2018 surgery to repair his shoulder labrum, he has made his 2019 debut. This comes as a great relief to Bucs fans that already have Chisenhall, Dickerson, and Marte all on the IL with various injuries. Polanco had a career best year in 2018 featuring a .254/.340/.499 slash line with 23 dingers.

Jacob deGrom – Injury Update

Jacob did end up going in an MRI after all, but the results did come back clean. A HUGE positive for the Mets of course, and because it came back negative for any injuries, he went to the park and threw a bullpen. More updates will come tomorrow if he feels any ill effects from throwing. 


  • Rockies’ Kyle Freeland lands on IL with a blister
  • Gio Gonzalez is granted his release and is now a free agent
  • Michael Wacha will miss one start on the IL with mild tendinitis in his knee.
  • Brad Miller signs a minor league deal with the Yankees 


Chaz Roe gets Maldonado to jump on a wicked slider that hits the outside corner hahaha!

Business of Baseball – Rule 5 Draft


Held each December, the Rule 5 Draft allows clubs without a full 40-man roster to select certain non-40-man roster players from other clubs. Clubs draft in reverse order of the standings from the previous season. Players who signed with their current club at age 18 or younger and have played professionally for at least five years are eligible to be selected, as are those who signed at 19 or older and have at least four years of professional experience.

Not every club will make a selection, but those that do pick a player must pay $100,000 to the club from which said player was selected. Rule 5 Draft picks are assigned directly to the drafting club’s 25-man roster and must be placed on outright waivers in order to be removed from the 25-man roster in the subsequent season. Should the player clear waivers, he must be offered back to his previous team for $50,000 and can be outrighted to the Minors only if his original club does not wish to reacquire him. A Rule 5 Draft pick can be placed on the Major League injured list, but he must be active for a minimum of 90 days to avoid being subject to the aforementioned roster restrictions in the next campaign.

Clubs may trade a player selected in the Rule 5 Draft, but the same restrictions apply to the player’s new organization. However, a club may also work out a trade with the Rule 5 pick’s original club to acquire his full rights, thereby allowing him to be optioned to the Minors under traditional circumstances.

History of the rule

Prior to the 2017-21 Collective Bargaining Agreement, clubs that selected a player in the Rule 5 Draft were required to pay $50,000 to that player’s previous team. If the player was placed on outright waivers during the subsequent season and went unclaimed, he would be offered back to his previous team for $25,000.

Read a complete history of the Rule 5 Draft here.

Pitch of the Day Curtesy of @PitchingNinja

Business of Baseball Curtesy of MLB.com

Header Photo Curtesy of The Point of Pittsburg

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