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 Cubs, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Rangers, Mariners, Athletics, Angels, Astros, Twins, Royals, Tigers, Indians, White Sox, Rays, Yankees, Red Sox, Blue Jays and Orioles. The Reds are up next.
First, we’ll remove free agents Trevor Bauer, Anthony DeSclafani, Freddy Galvis, and Pedro Strop from consideration. Nick Castellanos can opt out of his contract after the 2020 season, but for this exercise we’ll assume he doesn’t. Joey Votto will make the protected list by virtue of his no-trade rights. I’ll protect a total of five players out of the gate:
That leaves 10 remaining spots for these 26 players, so you have a lot of flexibility on this one. You can check out Reds contract info here.
Jose De Leon
Josh D. Smith
With that, we turn it over to the MLBTR readership! In the poll below (direct link here), select exactly ten players you think the Reds should protect in our upcoming mock expansion draft. Click here to view the results.