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Explanation of Expansion Draft

Note that the rules for each expansion draft were slightly different. Note further that the 1962 and 1969 expansions involved the NL only.
DatePlayerPosDrafted ByCostRoundSelection
11/18/97Esteban YanRHPTampa 19
11/18/97Dave DellucciOFArizona 246
11/18/97Aaron LedesmaIFTampa 361
11/17/92Kip YaughnRHPFlorida 124
11/17/92Richie LewisRHPFlorida 251
Nov-76Bob BailorIFToronto$175,00012
Nov-76Mike DarrRHPToronto$175,000218
Nov-76Bob GalassoRHPSeattle$175,000421
Nov-76Dave PaganRHPSeattle$175,000315
Nov-76Mike WillisIFToronto$175,000556
Oct-68Wally BunkerRHPKansas City$175,000313
Oct-68Moe DrabowskyRHPKansas City$175,000521
Oct-68Larry HaneyCSeattle Pilots$175,000416
Oct-68Mike Fiore1BKansas City$175,00029
Oct-68John MorrisLHPSeattle Pilots$175,000626
Oct-68Roger NelsonRHPKansas City$175,00011
Dec-60Leo BurkeIFWashington$175,000
Dec-60Dean ChancePLos Angeles$175,000
Dec-60Gene GreenCWashington$175,000
Dec-60Don RossIFLos Angeles$175,000
Dec-60Billy KlausIFWashington$175,000
Dec-60Gene WoodlingOFWashington$175,000
Dec-60Albie PearsonOFLos Angeles$175,000
Dec-60Chuck HintonOFWashington$175,000
Dec-60Ron MoellerPLos Angeles$175,000

What does all this mean, anyway?

Each draft had slightly different rules.

In the 1998 draft (Tampa and Arizona), each team could protect 15 players; players with no major league service, who had less than 3 years minor league experience, were exempt. So were players who had less than 4 years minor league experience who were under 17 when drafted. Each existing team could protect 3 additional players after it lost a player; no team could lose a second player until each team had lost one in that round of picks. A total of 60 players were selected.

In the 1992 draft (Florida and Colorado), each team could protect 15 players; players with no major league service, who had less than 3 years minor league experience, were exempt. So were players who had less than 4 years minor league experience who were under 17 when drafted. Each existing team could protect 3 additional players after it lost a player; no team could lose a second player until each team had lost one in that round of picks. A total of 60 players were selected.

In the 1976 draft (Seattle and Toronto), which involved only American League teams, each team could protect 15 players. Only first year professionals were exempt. Existing AL teams could protect three additional players after losing a player. A total of 60 players were selected.

In the 1968 draft (Montreal, San Diego, Kansas City, Seattle), each of the existing teams could protect 15 players. Expansion teams drafted only from existing teams in their own league. Only first year professionals were exempt. After each team lost a player, it could protect three additional players. A total of 120 players were selected -- 30 by each new team.

The 1962 draft (New York Mets and Houston) involved only National League teams.

In the 1961 draft (Los Angeles Angels and Washington), each of the existing AL teams could protect 25 players from its 40-man roster, seven of which had to be on the 25-man roster. Expansion teams could pick a minimum of three and maximum of four players from each existing team until both had reached 28 players. Clubs had to take 10 pitchers, 2 catchers, six infielders and four outfielders.


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