Monday, September 19, 2011

The Kai Conundrum

Without the excitement of playoff rosters and pitching rotations it seems like the fans of non-playoff teams would have no roster moves to be excited about.  However, that is not true.  We have the Rule V draft!  Please don't ask me to explain every detail of it.  I know that if certain players are not on the 40-man roster they can be drafted by other teams in this draft in December.  Once they are drafted they have to stay on the active roster for  the entire season in order to become a part of the new organization or they will be offered back to their previous team.

Whew.  That was a lot of information.

With Mike Nickeas, Zach Lutz, and Josh Satin all on the 40-man roster you would think there is no possible way for me to be attached to another random player.  But you would think wrong.  Kai Gronauer just finished the season with AA Binghamton and isn't on the roster.  I have seen his name on a couple of lists of potential players to be added to the roster.  I guess that means he's good enough for people other than myself to have heard of him.  And if he's good enough for that, he's probably good enough for some other teams to maybe, possibly, potentially have an interest in him.

Obviously I want Kai to stay with the Mets and eventually play for the Mets.  But being drafted in the Rule V draft would pretty much guarantee him a chance in the majors with the other team.  And if he doesn't make it with the other team he would end up back with the Mets.  He is either in the Major Leagues or in the Mets organization.

So I can't lose, right?  Wrong.

If he isn't put on the 40-man roster that means the Mets might not care about losing him because maybe they don't think he's good enough or worthy of protection.  And then if he is taken in the draft and then ultimately offered back to the Mets, they don't have to want him back.  They could trade him ala Brad Emaus and the Blue Jays.  So what goes from being a win-win situation turns into a totally terrifying series of events.

If you have managed to follow all of this, I applaud you.  I really have no idea if any of this has even the slightest chance of happening.  The Rule V draft is in December so it's not like anyone will find out any time soon.  Thank you for experiencing the latest episode of Crazy MiLB Situations From My Brain.

Let's Go Mets!

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