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The 20 most significant MLB Rule 5 draftees

Yardbarker Logo By Justin Mears of Yardbarker | Slide 1 of 21: The Rule 5 draft, held annually at the winter meetings in December, never garners much fanfare, but it has been known to give us some pretty noteworthy transactions. For those that don't know exactly what the Rule 5 draft is, I'll briefly explain. Clubs that do not have full 40-man rosters are allowed to select certain unprotected non-40-man players from other teams, but there's a catch. That player then has to be kept on the Major League roster (or injured list) all season or be offered back to his previous team. The jump is often too much to ask of young players, and more often than not, the player doesn't stick. But sometimes they do. Let's take a look at some of the biggest names to ever go through the Rule 5 process.

The 20 most significant MLB Rule 5 draftees

The Rule 5 draft, held annually at the winter meetings in December, never garners much fanfare, but it has been known to give us some pretty noteworthy transactions. For those that don't know exactly what the Rule 5 draft is, I'll briefly explain. Clubs that do not have full 40-man rosters are allowed to select certain unprotected non-40-man players from other teams, but there's a catch. That player then has to be kept on the Major League roster (or injured list) all season or be offered back to his previous team. The jump is often too much to ask of young players, and more often than not, the player doesn't stick. But sometimes they do. Let's take a look at some of the biggest names to ever go through the Rule 5 process.

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