In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR. 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.
We’ll start by removing free agents George Springer, Michael Brantley, Josh Reddick, Yuli Gurriel, and Brad Peacock from consideration. Next, we’ll lock in Zack Greinke, Justin Verlander, and Jose Altuve due to their no-trade clauses. We’ll also protect Forrest Whitley, as he’s a Baseball America Top 100 prospect with a 2020 ETA. I’m also going to protect Alex Bregman, Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa, Roberto Osuna, Ryan Pressly, and Kyle Tucker. So we’ll take up ten spots with this group:
That leaves five spots remaining for these 20 players:
Lance McCullers Jr.
With that, we turn it over to the MLBTR readership! In the poll below (direct link here), select exactly five players you think the Astros should protect in our upcoming mock expansion draft. Click here to view the results.