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Diamonds in the rough

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Dec. 6: Rule V draft

Diamonds in the rough

MLB's Rule 5 draft takes place at the winter meetings each season and is aimed at younger players in the minors. The idea is to let teams willing to use these players at the major-league level immediately draft them rather than have them sit in the minors. Those selected in the Rule 5 draft must remain on the 25-man roster the entire season unless they are waived. They can't be sent to the minors.

Notable Rule 5 draftees in the past include Josh Hamilton, Johan Santana (pictured), Alexi Ogando, Bobby Bonilla, Jose Bautista and Shane Victorino

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