2013 MLB Winter Meetings: Milwaukee Brewers Could Replace Corey Hart in Rule 5 Draft

By David Miller
Milwaukee Brewers
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The final day of the 2013 MLB Winter Meetings is guaranteed to be one with several minor moves at the very least because of the Rule 5 Draft. This is where teams can select an unprotected player that is not on another teams’ 40-man roster. The player shifts to his new teams’ 40-man roster at that time in return for $50,000. This could be a very good option for the Milwaukee Brewers considering their situation.

Only teams with a vacancy on their roster are able to participate and thanks to Corey Hart’s surprising signing with the Seattle Mariners, they have a vacancy. Those teams eligible to participate do so in reverse order of the previous season’s standings. That clearly puts the Brewers towards the top of the list, meaning they will have a pretty good pick they could make at least potentially.

Though it might be considered rare, there have been good or even great players selected in this draft before. The Brewers don’t really need that big of a player to fill that spot however because they have a top first base prospect coming along within the next year from inside their farm system. If the only other option is making a trade they are uncomfortable with, the Rule 5 draft makes perfect sense for them.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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