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Wednesday Bird Droppings: Where it is the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft

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Any eligible player left off of the 40-man roster could be lost to next month’s draft.

Toronto Blue Jays v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Good morning, Birdland!

Teams have until 8 p.m. ET tonight to make decisions on their Rule 5 eligible players. If the organization does not want to risk losing them to next month’s draft, then those players have to be added to the 40-man roster. If the club is willing to take the chance, then they can leave them unprotected and risk losing them a few weeks from now.

This very website and this very writer put together a quick overview of what qualifies a player for Rule 5 eligibility and which players the Orioles are at risk of losing. You should totally go read that.

If you don’t have the time, just know that the O’s have five open spots on their 40-man and seven of their top 30 prospects are Rule 5 eligible. That presents a bit of a quandary. Mike Elias is unlikely to protect them all. Perhaps there will be some wheeling and deadline ahead of the deadline. Or maybe it’s just relatively boring, and we have to wait until the draft for anything of consequence to actually occur.

Links & Notes

O’s reportedly hire Eve Rosenbaum for new role - Orioles.com
Elias has hired another Astros alum to his front office. Rosenbaum is a Marylander (Bethesda) with a Harvard education and previous experience as manager of international scouting with Houston from 2015 to 2017. Sounds pretty impressive to me!

Taking another look at Orioles’ roster needs - School of Roch
Considering the Orioles current goals at the major league level, they really don’t have many holes on the roster. Of course, that doesn’t mean this is going to be a good team, but you get the point. As Roch points out, they will almost surely add a couple of arms before the spring, just like every other team in the world.

Orioles win court ruling to allow arbitration in profit dispute with the Nationals - Baltimore Sun
This is actually a completely different court battle than the more publicized one in which the Nationals were just awarded a $296.8 million decision. That one is about rights fees. This one is about TV money. I have no clue what the difference is, but perhaps one of our legally-inclined readers can shed some light in the comments.

Who will the Orioles add to their roster ahead of the Rule 5 draft? - Baltimore Sun
In case you didn’t read my blog from Monday, or if you just prefer Jon Meoli’s writing (I don’t blame you), then check out this overview of eligible Rule 5 picks in the O’s system ahead of today’s deadline.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is it your birthday? Happy birthday!

David Washington, an Orioles pinch hitter and right fielder for three games in 2017, turns 29 years old. Washington had six plate appearances and struck out five times in those three games.

Journeyman pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes is 35 today. The southpaw spent nine games with the Orioles in 2011, compiling a 6.16 ERA and striking out 23 batters in 30.2 innings of work.

The late right-hander hurler Herm Starette (b. 1936, d. 2017) would have been 83 today. He appeared in 27 games as an Oriole across three seasons from 1963 to 1965. In that time he had a 2.54 ERA.

Finally, happy 89th birthday to Don Leppert. The second baseman had just one season of MLB experience, hitting .114/.213/.143 in 40 games and 81 plate appearances for the 1955 O’s.

2012 - The Orioles make a trade with the Seattle Mariners, sending Robert Andino to the M’s in exchange for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Andino would go on to post -0.3 bWAR in 29 games for Seattle while Robinson would never make it to the big leagues in Baltimore.