July 25, 2021

Which 15 Players Should The Diamondbacks Protect In An Expansion Draft? (MLB Trade Rumors)


In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player eligibility here.

So far, we’ve covered the RockiesDodgersPadresGiantsRangersMariners, Athletics, Angels, Astros, Twins, Royals, Tigers, Indians, White Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles.  The Diamondbacks are up next.

First, I’ll remove free agents Mike Leake, Jake Lamb, Andrew Chafin, and Robbie Ray from consideration.  Hector Rondon and Stephen Vogt have club options for 2021, but we’ll take them out as well.  In the case of Starling Marte, I’ll assume his $12.5MM club option is exercised, and that the D’Backs will protect him.  In the case of Merrill Kelly, I’ll assume his $4.25MM club option gets picked up, but I’ll let you decide whether to use a protected spot on him.

I’ll lock in Madison Bumgarner due to…



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