Expansion & Rule 5 Draft Picks

1997 Expansion Draft

Date: November 18, 1997
Site: Phoenix, Arizona

First Round Second Round Third Round
1 Tony Saunders LHP Florida 14 Dan Carlson RHP San Francisco 27 Ryan Karp LHP Philadelphia
2 Quinton McCracken OF Colorado 15 Brian Boehringer**** RHP New York 28 Santos Hernandez RHP San Francisco
3 Bobby Abreu* OF Houston 16 Mike Duvall LHP Florida 29 Randy Winn OF Florida
4 Miguel Cairo 2B Chicago 17 John LeRoy RHP Atlanta 30 Terrell Wade LHP Atlanta
5 Rich Butler OF Toronto 18 Jim Mecir RHP Boston 31 Aaron Ledesma SS Baltimore
6 Bobby Smith 3B Atlanta 19 Bryan Rekar RHP Colorado 32 Brooks Kieshnick 1B Chicago
7 Jason Johnson RHP Pittsburgh 20 Rick Gorecki RHP Los Angeles 33 Luke Wilcox OF New York
8 Dmitri Young** OF/1B Cincinnati 21 Ramon Tatis LHP Chicago 34 Herbert Perry 1B Cleveland
9 Esteban Yan RHP Baltimore 22 Kerry Robinson OF St. Louis 35 Vaughn Eshelman LHP Oakland
10 Mike DiFelice C St. Louis 23 Steve Cox 1B Oakland
11 Bubba Trammell OF Detroit 24 Albie Lopez RHP Cleveland
12 Andy Sheets*** SS Seattle 25 Jose Paniaqua RHP Montreal
13 Dennis Springer RHP Anaheim 26 Carlos Mendoza OF New York

*Traded to Philadelphia in exchange for shortstop Kevin Stocker
**Traded to Cincinnati in exchange for outfielder Mike Kelly
***Traded to San Diego in exchange for catcher John Flaherty; resigned as a free agent November 15, 2000
****Traded to San Diego in exchange for catcher John Flaherty

Major League Rule 5 Draft

The Major League Rule V Draft occurs at baseball's annual winter meetings in December. Players eligible for the draft must meet the following two requirements: (1) at least three years of professional service and (2) not protected on a 40-man roster. The selecting team must pay $50,000 to the player's original club. If a selected player does not make the team's Opening Day roster, he must be offered back to the original club for $25,000.

Year Player Original Club Status with Tampa Bay
1998 David Lamb (INF) Baltimore Claimed by New York Mets on waivers February 7, 2000
1999 Chad Ogea (RHP) Detroit Released in Spring Training March 29, 2000
Chris Reitsma (LHP) Boston Offered back to Boston (accepted March 28, 2000)
*Damian Rolls (INF) Los Angeles Released Nov. 23, 2004
2000 No selection
2001 Kevin McGlinchy (RHP) Atlanta Released in Spring Training 2003
**Steve Kent (LHP) Seattle Released in 2002
2002 Hector Luna (2B) Cleveland Offered back to Cleveland March 29, 2003 (accepted)
2003 Alec Zumwalt (RHP) Atlanta Returned to the Braves
2004 No selection
2005 Steven Andrade (RHP) Toronto Sent to San Diego to complete Burroughs/Brazelton trade
2006 Ryan Goleski Cleveland Traded to Oakland on December 7, 2006. Returned to Cleveland on March 28, 2007.
2007 Tim Lahey Minnesota Traded to Chicago Cubs on December 6, 2007. Claimed off waivers by Philadelphia on March 28, 2008. Returned to Minnesota on April 12, 2008.
Evan Meek Pittsburgh Was to be returned to Tampa Bay on May 14, 2008, but remained with the Pirates after Pittsburgh negotiated to retain his rights.
2008 Derek Rodriguez Chicago Returned to Chicago White Sox on March 23, 2009.
2009 Armando Zerpa Boston Traded to Los Angeles Dodgers on December 10, 2009. Returned to Boston on March 15, 2010.
2010 Cesar Cabral Boston Claimed off waivers by Toronto on March 12, 2011, and by Tampa Bay on March 14. Returned to Boston on March 28.
2011 No selection
2012 No selection
2013 No selection
2014 No selection
2015 No selection
2016 Kevin Gadea Seattle Started the season on the disabled list

*Acquired from Kansas City for cash            
**Acquired from Anaheim for a player to be named later or cash