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Cassandra Castillo | 16 December, 2018, 07:11

Each December at the winter meetings, Major League Baseball holds its Rule 5 Draft. It nearly works like a fantasy draft you might have in person, as it's not a huge event (as compared to the first-year player draft, which is televised with announcements for the picks).

In the first-year player draft, the selection pool concerns amateurs in the United States and Puerto Rico.

- A player must have signed when they were 19 years or older and played professional baseball for four years are eligible. Players who signed at 18 and have played five years are also eligible.

The A's didn't make a selection but lost one of their top prospects - Richie Martin - who went first overall to the Baltimore Orioles, while the Giants were the only team to make two selections in the major-league portion of the draft.

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Though a much different version of the Rule 5 Draft has existed as far back as 1892, the 2018 variety no longer allows teams to uncover lesser known minor leaguers to immediately become valuable assets to the major league roster.

What that means is, Baltimore must keep Martin on its 25-man roster throughout the season and off the disabled list for at least 90 or offer him back to the A's. However, rules regarding roster placement are applied to the player's new team.

The draft order is inverse of the standings from last season.

Before jumping in, it is worth noting that two teams did not make a single pick today: the Rockies and the Dodgers.

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