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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Rule 5 Shenanigans

I didn't say anything about it when the Rangers plucked RHP Warner Madrigal away from the Angels just days after the Angels' front office announced they had purchased his contract. Apparently, the Angels missed the actual deadline to purchase his contract, because it changed this year. Now it turns out that Cliff Corcoran thinks the Yankees have possibly found a way around roster restrictions by putting some of their more promising prospects on the 40-man and then waiting to sign free agents Jorge Posada, Jose Molina, and Mariano Rivera until after the Rule 5 draft is completed. Whether this matters or not is debatable (wouldn't those players become minor league free agents if they were outrighted?), but it does raise questions about the relative competence of the two front offices.

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