The Rule-5 draft takes place in Major League Baseball each December. Unlike the First-Year Player Draft taking place in June, not every big league club participates in the former. The Chicago Cubs, however, were one team who did add to their organization.
For Chicago Cubs fans and of baseball who are unaware of how the Rule-5 draft takes place, it is an exciting concept. If a club does not have a full 40-man roster by the time the draft rolls around, they can select specific non-40 man roster players from a different club. Each pick costs a team $100,000, and they are then subsequently added to that teams 25-man roster.
There no doubt exists some fantastic talent both on the big league roster and in the minor leagues for Chicago, however, last December the team did bring in some of those aforementioned non-40 man roster players. Whether it was an attempt from Theo Epstein and the brass to strike gold or to add depth to the system, three young players arrived ready to make an imprint with a new organization.