The Brewers announced that they’ve claimed righty Dylan Baker off waivers from the Indians. Baker was designated for assignment last week as part of Cleveland’s slew of moves in advance of the deadline to set 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 Draft.
The 25-year-old Baker hasn’t pitched much since the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery and other injuries. The 2012 fifth-rounder has tossed just 21 1/3 innings across three levels in the past three minor league seasons combined, though he’s posted a 3.58 ERA in 241 2/3 innings in his minor league career when healthy. With Baker’s addition, the Brewers now have a full 40-man roster.
Hopefully he will be as good in Milwaukee as he was in Happiness.
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Ok even though he is on the 40 man roster, he is still available for the rule 5 draft right?
No. Any player on any teams 40 man roster cannot be poached during the rule 5 draft.
I know but that deadline was a couple of days ago so I was wondering also last year didn’t the Red Sox take someone ( I think Rutledge) after they signed a contract with another team even though that was a minor league deal. I just thought that was why teams had a certain day to have players on 40
Since Dylan Baker is on the 40 man he would act just like if someone signed a major free agent at this time before the rule 5 draft but if the Brewers DFA him now (I think that is possible and might be probable) then he could be plucked in the rule 5 draft.
This is how I also interpret the rules of rule 5.