There is an important, but rarely discussed factor which dramatically affects which of these players might be most advantageously selected by another organization during the December 10 draft.
Only the players assigned to the Triple-A Memphis reserve list for protection would be eligible for the major league phase of the Rule 5 Draft at a cost of $50,000. Those players would have to remain on the new club's 25-man active major league roster the entire 2010 season or be offered back to the Cardinals at half the purchase price.
There was not room for every player on the Memphis roster, so the Cardinals likely had to make some tradeoffs as to which players they wanted to make most painful for another club to take.
Here is the breakdown of available players by their assigned minor league rosters. This is in contrast to where they actually finished the 2009 season, denoted on the right.
|Player||Position||DOB||Draft yr/rd||Signed||Finished '09|
|Memphis roster (18)|
|Domnit Bolivar||SS||05/12/1989||2005||Quad Cities|
|David Carpenter||RHR||07/15/1985||2006 12||2006||Quad Cities|
|Amaury Cazana||OF||09/02/1978||2006 18||2006||Mexico (AAA)|
|Gary Daley Jr.||RHR||11/01/1985||2006 3||2006||Springfield|
|Brad Furnish||LHS||01/19/1985||2006 2||2006||Palm Beach|
|Trey Hearne||RHS||08/19/1983||2005 28||2005||Springfield|
|Mark McCormick||RHS||10/15/1983||2005 1a||2005||Springfield|
|Kyle Mura||RHS||11/24/1984||2006 42||2006||Springfield|
|Mike Parisi||RHS||04/18/1983||2004 9||2004||Arizona Fall|
|Jose Rada||RHS||04/13/1988||2005||Johnson City|
|Jim Rapoport||OF||06/25/1985||2006 35||2006||Springfield|
|Pedro Rodriguez||RHR||10/31/1987||2004||New signee|
|Matt Shearer||RHR||01/20/1983||2004 16||2004||Memphis|
|Mark Shorey||OF||08/13/1984||2006 31||2006||Memphis|
|Springfield roster (1)|
|Shaun Garceau||RHS||08/28/1987||2005 20||2005||Palm Beach|
|Batavia roster (3)|
Four of the 22 eligible players have been stationed on the Double-A Springfield roster or lower. These players will cost less for another organization to select, $12,000 and $4,000 respectively. Most importantly, these players do not have to be added to the major league roster if taken in the Rule 5.
Effectively, these players do not have to the returned even if they are later demoted so there is very little risk in another organization taking them.
A recent example is outfielder Cody Haerther. One year ago, the Cardinals placed him on the Springfield reserve roster. He was then taken by Toronto in the Triple-A phase of the 2008 Rule 5 Draft and as a result, was essentially gone forever from the Cardinals organization.
I don't see any of the Memphis players as prime targets for other organizations, though someone may take a shot at Mike Parisi, a pitcher with MLB experience. Any of the four players at Springfield and Batavia are clearly fair game.
Update: This week's signing of infielder Ruben Gotay to a minor league contract adds another to the Memphis eligible roster.
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