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Phillies nab Jackson, lose no one in Rule 5 draft

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As the 2018 Winter Meetings come to a close, the last order of business in Las Vegas for the Phillies front office was the Rule 5 draft.

The Phillies luckily did not lose any prospects that were left off their 40-man roster and were able to add the Dodgers No. 19 prospect Drew Jackson.

Jackson, a shortstop, is 25 and slashed .251/.356/.447 with 15 home runs for the Dodgers double-A affiliate in 2018. Jackson will most likely be traded for cash sometime this week as the Phillies do not have a spot on their 40-man roster to spare as they continue to wheel and deal players this offseason.

To become eligible for the Rule 5 draft, a player must have spent five seasons with a team starting at their age 18 season or spent four seasons with a team starting at age 19, and were not added to their team’s 40-man roster. The player must remain on his new team’s 25-man roster for the entire year- unless he get injured- or he will be sent back to his original team.

The process pften affects international signees and players drafted out of high school who are in the upper levels of the minors. The Phillies No. 3 prospect RHP Adonis Medina was eligible for the draft, but he was wisely added to the Phillies 40-man roster ahead of the draft.

The Phillies have had success with the Rule 5 draft in the past. In 2004 they selected Shane Victorino from the Dodgers. Victorino became a main-stay in center field for the Phillies during their dominance of the National League East from 2007-2011.

Ironically, the Phillies traded him back to the Dodgers at the deadline in 2012. The Phillies current center fielder, Odubel Herrera was also selected in this draft in 2014 from the Rangers. In four season with the Phillies, Herrera has slashed .279/.336/.428 with 59 home runs and 112 doubles. He was an all star in 2016.



  1. Ray McIntyre

    December 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    So this is the shortstop we get because Manny and Harper are too expensive. Klentak must go!

    • schmenkman

      December 14, 2018 at 10:57 am


    • Lou Possehl

      December 15, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Sure. As of lunch on the 13th, the Phillies decided they couldn’t afford Machado or Harper, so they went for the obvious – the highly-touted Drew Jackson. But then, over the next coffee break, they looked for loose change among the couch pillows and redid the numbers. They decided that if they dumped Jackson, they could in fact still play the Machado/Harper “Let’s Make a Deal” game, to the tune of a few hundred mil or so. So they scrapped their grand plans for Jackson, and pocketed international bonus slot money and cash.

      Hardly adequate compensation for losing such a prized prospect – but you take what you can get.

  2. Craig Glessner

    December 14, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    This shortstop is already gone. I gotta give Klentak credit on this. We draft a guy and get international money for a player that wasn’t even ours to begin with.

    • Tony

      December 17, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      These small things matter. This is the type of deal that goes unnoticed. We were a middle that did paperwork for a nice sum of international signing money… good deal… the flashy deal(s) are yet to come

      • Matthew Veasey

        December 18, 2018 at 12:24 pm

        Nothing wrong with small deals that push your team and organization forward incrementally. Of course, we are all looking for the big splash. But the little things matter as well. Great point.

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