The 1992 MLB Expansion Draft
was held November 17, 1992, in New York City. This expansion draft
was conducted by Major League Baseball
to stock the major league rosters of the Colorado Rockies
and Florida Marlins
, new major league expansion franchises
that were set to start play in the season. The Marlins joined the National League East
division and the Rockies the National League West
. All three rounds of the 1992 Expansion Draft were televised by ESPN.
As opposed to previous expansion drafts such as the 1961 draft
, players from both leagues were available to the expansion clubs. Each existing club could protect fifteen players on their roster from being drafted and only one player could be drafted from each team in each round. At the end of each round National League
teams could protect an additional three players and American League
teams could protect four more. To further protect the American League teams, a maximum of eight AL teams could have three players chosen.
All unprotected major
League players were eligible except those chosen in the amateur drafts
and players who were 18 or younger when signed in 1990.
Players who were free agents after the 1992 season were not eligible for selection in the Draft, but the new teams were not restricted in offering contracts to any available player. The Rockies signed their first free agent, Andres Galarraga
, to a one-year contract the day before the Expansion Draft.
The draft order... Read More