Right now there is ever more discussion about the idea of expanding the MLB into new markets. While the idea of adding two new franchises is exciting (or a new and an old one if Montreal gets things their way), it would mean a huge shakeup for all the other franchises.
Last week this notion of expansion brought up an interesting question via Twitter, and I want to give credit where it’s due to Stephen Josiah for inspiring this prompt.
Let's imagine MLB expands to 32 teams. They inform the current 30 teams that they can protect just 10 players from their 25-man roster AND minor leagues. The expansion teams will draft out of the remaining players.— Stephen JOSIAH (@StephenJosiah13) July 7, 2018
Quote this with the 10 players you would protect at all costs.
Now that’s a big scary question. Protecting only 10 players total between the majors and the minors? It doesn’t even seem possible, and yet if the expansion were to occur it could very much become a reality.
So who do you keep? A 10 person list fills up really quickly if you try to protect guys like Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javier Baez, without even starting to count pitchers and prospects in the mix. Do you keep your current hot talent, or safeguard for the future? How do you narrow things down?