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Cubs Rule 5 Draft Primer

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In recent years the Chicago Cubs have been a popular team in the Rule 5 Draft. Not so much for their own acquisitions of players, but for their players' popularity among other clubs.

The Rule 5 Draft is a way to prevent teams from stockpiling too many young minor league players. This essentially decreases the chances of those players getting caught or "stuck" in a system. Only players that are not presently on their club's 40-man roster may be selected in the Rule 5 Draft. Beginning this year, players selected in the 2005 amateur (summer) draft that are not currently on...

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