Let's just say the MLB decides to expand in 2011, and the rules for the first round of the expansion draft are as follows.
- Each team must make available at least five players who appeared in at least 130 at bats or pitched 50.0 innings at the Major League level in 2010.
- Of those five players, at least two must be pitchers (that meet the requirement of 50.0 innings pitched at the Major League level), and at least two must be position players (that meet the requirement of 130 at bats at the Major League level).
Keep in mind that veterans at the end of their careers such as Tim Wakefield, Jamie Moyer, and Chipper Jones are likely to retire instead of playing for an expansion team, so it would possibly be wise to leave them unprotected. Stars who are also signed to overpaid, long-term contracts such as Vernon Wells may also be left unprotected by a team in real life as they are unlikely to be selected by a cash-strapped expansion team.
Knowing this, which five (or more) players would you make available to a pair of MLB expansion teams for the 2011 season?