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On 12/12/2019 at 1:02 PM, 7Mo said:

The foundation of trades are typically put together during the winter meetings and then finalized later, in large part because teams don't want to add a player to their 40 man before the Rule 5. 

Yes, indeed percolating takes place. The trouble is, percolating does not drive fan interest, big mistake by MLB. Other non-baseball leagues do not follow that principal. And, if Rule 5 is the driving force, help us...players that are unprotected drive the market??

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19 minutes ago, UpstateNYfan said:

Yes, indeed percolating takes place. The trouble is, percolating does not drive fan interest, big mistake by MLB. Other non-baseball leagues do not follow that principal. And, if Rule 5 is the driving force, help us...players that are unprotected drive the market??

Those are all issues to take up with MLB.

And yes, I think the Rule 5 draft deters trading at winter meetings. Do you disagree?

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1 minute ago, 7Mo said:

Those are all issues to take up with MLB.

And yes, I think the Rule 5 draft deters trading at winter meetings. Do you disagree?

Only 10 of the 30 teams participated in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft.

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19 minutes ago, SteveA said:

Only 10 of the 30 teams participated in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft.

Ok cool.

Wonder why the A's completed the trade for Buddy Reed immediately after the Rule 5?

The Rule 5 is the tail wagging the dog. It should start the winter meetings, not end it. That would allow teams more freedom to finish trades. 

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5 minutes ago, 7Mo said:

Ok cool.

Wonder why the A's traded for Buddy Reed immediately after the Rule 5?

The Rule 5 is the tail wagging the dog. It should start the winter meetings, not end it. That would allow teams more freedom to finish trades. 

Maybe the A's didn't have a 40-man spot so they couldn't draft him; and when no team drafted Reed, they traded for him because they didn't need to put him on the 40-man roster.  Just a guess.

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1 minute ago, Number5 said:

Maybe the A's didn't have a 40-man spot so they couldn't draft him; and when no team drafted Reed, they traded for him because they didn't need to put him on the 40-man roster.  Just a guess.

Exactly. They didn't want to carry Reed on their 40 until after the Rule 5. 

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11 minutes ago, Number5 said:

He's not on the 40-man

He wouldn't need to be now, right? The Rule 5 has passed.

I worded it wrong. They didn't want to complete the trade with SD before the Rule 5 because they would need to protect him but once it's done, they get a guy they don't have to put on the 40 man until next year at this time.

Your wording above is more accurate.

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Ryan Mountcastle will play a new position in spring training, right field, while also continuing his education in left field and at third and first base. He’s allowed to climb the fence and run away if someone tosses him a catcher’s mitt.

 

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6 minutes ago, ChosenOne21 said:

There is no way Ryan Mountcastle has the arm to play right field. What even is this?

No, he doesn't, but his arm plays much better in the outfield, it's a completely different throwing motion.  It's just positional flexibility. 

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12 hours ago, SteveA said:

Only 10 of the 30 teams participated in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft.

In 2018, 13 teams selected 15 players. In 2017, 15 teams selected 18 players. I would question the wording of whether teams did not "participate," as I think not drafting is different than not participating. Some of those teams may have been interested only in a player or two who may have already been drafted when it was time for their pick. If nothing else, the Rule 5 draft may divert enough teams' concentration to suppress trading at the Winter Meetings. But I think there is no way to measure that.

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