With the Rule 5 Draft approaching, the Mets have added a handful of eligible minor leaguers to protect them from being selected by another Major League club. Andres Gimenez, Jordan Humphreys, Ali Sanchez, and Thomas Szapucki have all been added to the Mets’ 40-man roster, thereby protecting them.
The Rule 5 Draft, which will take place on December 12 this season, was instituted as a means to protect teams from signing and stockpiling players in their minor league systems. For a fee- $100,000- a team may select a player that has been left exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. That player must be added to the team’s 25-man roster for the full season, or be offered back to his original club for a $50,000 return cost.
In order to avoid exposing a player, a team must add to its 40-man roster players signed at age 18 or younger that have five seasons of minor league experience, or players that were signed at age 19 or beyond with four years of minor league experience. For the 2020 Rule 5 Draft, this means players that were signed at age 18 or younger in 2015, or players that were signed at age 19 or older in 2016.
Protecting Gimenez, who was the Mets second-best prospect for the 2019…