July 25, 2021

Which 15 Players Should The Pirates 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.

The American League results are in!  Click here to see who’s protected and who’s available for each AL team.

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

First, we’ll remove free agents Jarrod Dyson and Keone Kela from consideration.  Chris Archer and Gregory Polanco each have an $11MM club option for 2021.  Polanco also has options for ’22 and ’23.  We’ll leave the decision on whether to protect Archer and Polanco up to you.

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