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Oakland A's Future Roster Crunch

Will Robnett be added to the 40-man roster?

A change in the most recent MLB collective bargaining agreement gave teams an extra year of service time before they had to put prospects on the 40-man roster or risk losing those prospects in the Rule 5 draft. That rule change bought the Oakland A's an extra year before they had to make difficult decisions about a number of their top prospects. We take a look at some of those players inside…

Before this winter's rule change, if a player was drafted out of a four-year college, he could be left off of a team's 40-man roster for three seasons after he was drafted (including the season during which he was drafted). After three seasons, if that player wasn't placed on a 40-man roster, he was eligible to be drafted in the annual Rule 5 draft. For players drafted out of two-year colleges or...

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