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#640 Rule 5 Draft Q. What happens if a player is currently involved in a trade offer or on the waiver wire and is selected in the Rule 5 Draft?
  A. If selected in the Rule 5 Draft, any outstanding trade offer involving the player is automatically canceled. If the drafted player is on the waiver wire, any pending claims are canceled and the player is also removed from the waiver wire.
#643 Rule 5 Draft Q. How do I know if a player I have is eligible for the Rule 5 draft?
  A. Any player on a franchise with 4 or more years of pro experience, not on the club’s 40-man roster and not signed beyond the current season is eligible to be drafted.
#646 Rule 5 Draft Q. I didn't draft a player in the first round but I drafted a guy in a later round. How did that happen?
  A.

If a team is very close to the salary cap, they may not have enough money to draft a player until one of their players are drafted off of their team. If you are within $377k of your player payroll budget, you can't draft a player because you need at least $327k for the player's salary plus the $50k draft fee.

For example, if your team has $315k left in your player payroll budget when it is your turn in the first round, you won't be able to draft. If a player from your team is drafted by another franchise after your turn and the removal of that player's salary puts you to at least $377k of remaining player payroll, you could take a player in a future round.

#647 Rule 5 Draft Q. How does the Rule 5 draft work?
  A.

Baseball's Rule 5 Draft is a draft unique to the world of baseball. It was designed to prevent franchises from keeping talent in the minors. Players with at least 4 years of pro experience, not on the club's 40-man roster and not signed beyond the current season are exposed to the draft. To protect players from going into the draft, they must be added to the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 Roster Freeze following Free Agency. During the Roster Freeze, all eligible players form the draft class. At that time, you can rank all of your players and fine tune your settings. As a word of note, though, there are several stipulations to drafting a player.

  1. You can't draft a player from your own franchise.
  2. You can draft a maximum of 10 players.
  3. You can only draft enough players to fill your 40-man roster. For example, if you have 38 players on your 40-man roster, you can only select two players.
  4. You must have enough available player payroll to cover the $50,000 it costs to draft a player plus his salary. If his salary is below the big-league minimum, it will be bumped up to the big-league minimum.
  5. And, of course, all of your draft settings will be adhered to.

NOTE: We have made 2 changes to MLB Rule 5 rules in that we strictly use 4 as the minimum years of experience to be eligible instead of 3 or 4 being the minimum which is based off of when they came into the league. The other change is that if a player has a multi-year contract, they are not eligible to be drafted. This way nobody gets stuck with a player with a massive, multi-season contract that they might not be able to get out of.

#648 Rule 5 Draft Q. What happens after I draft a player?
  A. After you draft a player, he will join your franchise and appear in your group of players needing assignment. You then have until the end of Spring Training in which to put him on your big league roster. If you don't put him on your big league roster by then, the player will go through the Rule 5 Offer back process. The first step in this process is that the player gets put onto the waiver wire. If he is claimed by another owner, then he and his special Rule 5 status are transferred to the new club. If he isn't claimed, he will be sent back to his original franchise. They then have 2 days to either accept the offer back for $25,000 or decline it. If they accept the offer back, the team that drafted him loses all rights to the player. If the original franchise decides to decline the option, the player then loses his unique Rule 5 status and becomes a player with no additional rights. If a Rule 5 pick is acquired via trade or waiver claim, the new club has 72 hours to assign the player to his big league team or else the whole Rule 5 Offer back process starts again.
#649 Rule 5 Draft Q. Why didn’t I draft as many players as I had targeted?
  A. There are a few reasons why this might have occurred:
  • You might not have enough player payroll for the $50,000 selection cost and the player’s salary.
  • You may have 40 players on your 40-man roster including the players already drafted.
  • All of the remaining players are ranked worse than your player rank cutoff.
  • All of the remaining players cost more than your maximum salary.
#650 Rule 5 Draft Q. Why don’t I see a player that another owner is seeing?
  A.

All players are technically visible to all users. A world could have over 1000 eligible Rule 5 players and are ranked according to your Rule 5 draft settings. The lower the number for the weight for a position, the more likely they will be low on the draft board.

When the board is initially created, and when target, weight and types of the positions wanted on the settings page are changed, all players are re-ranked.

At maximum, 500 players are shown even though a maximum of 320 players can be drafted (32 franchises with a maximum of 10 rounds). If the player falls below 500, you will no longer be able to see them (unless you change your settings).

For example, if you gave SS’s a weight of 0, gave every other position a weight of 10, non-SS's would be at the top of the list and SS’s would be at the bottom. If there are 500 or more non-SS's eligible for the Rule 5 draft, SS’s won’t be displayed.

#651 Rule 5 Draft Q. Why did my Rule 5 player get offered back without me doing anything?
  A.

After a Rule 5 player is drafted, you have until the end of Spring Training to put him on your ML roster. If you don’t put him on your ML roster by that time, he will automatically be offered back.

After a Rule 5 player is traded or claimed off of waivers, you have 3 days to put him on your ML roster or else he will automatically be offered back.

#652 Rule 5 Draft Q. What happens when I offer a player back?
  A.

The player first is removed from your ML team and the 40-man roster and put onto waivers. At which point, neither you nor the owner of the franchise you drafted the player from can put a claim in on him.

If he is claimed by another owner, then he and his special Rule 5 status are transferred to the new club. If he isn't claimed, he will be sent back to his original franchise.

They then have 2 days to either accept the offer back for $25,000 or decline it. If they accept the offer back, the team that drafted him loses all rights to the player. If the original franchise decides to decline the option, the player then loses his unique Rule 5 status and becomes a player with no additional rights. Either way, if the player gets sent back to his original franchise for them to decide to accept or decline the option, the player will lose his Rule 5 status.

If a Rule 5 pick is acquired via trade or waiver claim, the new club has 72 hours to assign the player to his big league team or else the whole Rule 5 Offer back process starts again.

#653 Rule 5 Draft Q. What do the different colored icons mean on the Edit Rosters page?
  A.

The red Rule 5 icon means that he will be exposed in this season's Rule 5 Draft because he has at least 4 years of pro experience, is not on the 40-man roster and is not signed beyond this season.

The green Rule 5 icon means he is a Rule 5 pick this season and must remain on the team's big league squad or be offered back to his original team. You have until spring training to add this player to your big league team or else he'll be automatically offered back to his original franchise. If it's after spring training and he's been acquired via waiver claim or trade, you have 3 days (72 hours) to assign him to your big league team or else he'll be automatically offered back to his original franchise.

The blue Rule 5 icon means that he is a Rule 5 pick and has been sent back to the original franchise during the offer back process where they have the option to accept or decline the return.

#683 Rule 5 Draft Q. I made a rule V offer back but the other owner can not see the player. What's going on?
  A. All players who are offered back must first clear the waiver wire before the other owner can accept or decline the offer back.
#684 Rule 5 Draft Q. Are trades processed during the Rule 5 draft roster freeze?
  A. No trades are processed during the Rule 5 roster freeze. If an accepted trade has not been completed by the Rule 5 roster freeze it will be pushed back for 24 hours as there are no transactions during the freeze.
#685 Rule 5 Draft Q. Can injured players be taken in the rule 5 draft?
  A. Yes, injured players can be drafted in the Rule 5 draft.
#794 Rule 5 Draft Q. I just had a player protected by the AI, why?
  A. Top flight unprotected Rule 5 eligible players will be automatically protected if a user has not logged in for 5 days prior to the Rule 5 roster freeze. The AI will protect as many players that it can up until the 40 Man roster is full.
#841 Rule 5 Draft Q. If I accept an offer back, what will the player's salary be?
  A. The player will continue to make the ML minimum salary of $327K.

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