Players are eligible for selection in the Rule 5 draft when they are not on their major league organization's 40 man roster and 1) were signed to a contract at age 19 or older and have been in that organization for four years, OR 2) were signed at age 18 or younger and have been in that organization for five years.
Once a player is chosen in the Rule 5 Draft, that player is automatically assigned to his new organization's 40-man roster.
A Rule 5 player must remain on the selecting team's 25-man big league roster for the entire next season, or be offered back to his original team.
Draft order lists the Phillies 15th in this year's Rule 5 Draft. Four of the teams set to pick ahead of the Phils do not currently have room on their 40-man roster, thus they would not get to pick. The Phils head into it this week's Winter Meetings with 38 individuals on their 40-man roster.
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