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 Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers, Mariners, 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 his no-trade protection. I’ll also put Daulton Varsho on the list, as a Baseball America Top 100 prospect with a 2020 ETA. This will be the initial ten-player protected list:
That leaves five spots for the 20 players listed below. It’s worth considering that in this scenario we’re in November 2020, and the player’s remaining amount of control is a big factor.
With that, we turn it over to the MLBTR readership! In the poll below (direct link here), select exactly five players you think the Diamondbacks should protect in our upcoming mock expansion draft. Click here to view the results.