1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft

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1997 MLB expansion draft
1997 MLB Expansion Draft.png
The logo for the 1997 MLB expansion draft
General information
Teams
Date(s) November 18, 1997
Location Phoenix Civic Center
Picks
First selections
Overall selections 70

The 1997 Major League Baseball expansion draft was conducted by Major League Baseball (MLB) on November 18, 1997 in the Phoenix Civic Center[1] to stock the major league rosters of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, new major league expansion franchises that were set to start play in the 1998 season. Tampa Bay was to join the American League East division, displacing the Detroit Tigers (who moved to the American League Central division, thus displacing the Milwaukee Brewers, who moved to the National League Central division), and Arizona joined the National League West division.

Background[edit]

Following the success of the 1993 expansion, which added the Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins, MLB in 1994 set up an expansion committee to add two new expansion teams.[2] Tampa Bay and Phoenix were chosen for the two expansion franchises.[3]

Procedures[edit]

Similar to the 1992 expansion draft, both expansion teams selected 35 players.[4] The draft was divided into three rounds. Each team would select 14 players in round 1, 14 players in round 2, and 7 players in round 3. Tampa Bay general manager Chuck LaMar and Arizona general manager Joe Garagiola, Jr. oversaw their teams' selections.

The Devil Rays and Diamondbacks could pick any player not on the protected lists of the 28 other teams, although no team could lose more than one player in a given round. The protected list for each team consisted of:

  • For the first round, 15 players from the rosters of their entire organization—both their 40-man roster, plus all minor league affiliates.[4]
  • Each team could add three more players to its protected list after each round.[4]
  • In addition to the above, players chosen in the 1996 and 1997 amateur drafts were automatically protected, plus players who were 18 or younger when signed in 1995.
  • Players who were free agents after the end of the 1997 season need not be protected.

As with the 1992 expansion draft, the order was determined by a coin toss. The winner of the toss could choose either: (a) The first overall pick in the expansion draft or (b) allow the other team to pick first and receive both the second and third overall expansion draft picks and the right to pick first in the subsequent rounds of the expansion draft. Tampa Bay won the toss and chose to select first.

Results[edit]

The Devil Rays reportedly considered trading the player they were to select first.[5] They chose Tony Saunders from the Florida Marlins.[6]

Key
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All-Star
The Rays traded Bobby Abreu prior to the season for Kevin Stocker.
Miguel Cairo has played for 10 different Major League teams at 7 different positions (counting DH).
Dmitri Young was selected by the Devil Rays from the Reds, and then traded back to the Reds.
Round Pick Player Position From To
1 1 Saunders, TonyTony Saunders Left-handed pitcher Florida Marlins Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 2 Anderson, BrianBrian Anderson Left-handed pitcher Cleveland Indians Arizona Diamondbacks
1 3 Suppan, JeffJeff Suppan Right-handed pitcher Boston Red Sox Arizona Diamondbacks
1 4 McCracken, QuintonQuinton McCracken Outfielder Colorado Rockies Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 5 Alvarez, GabeGabe Alvarez Third baseman San Diego Padres Arizona Diamondbacks
1 6 Abreu, BobbyBobby Abreudouble-dagger Outfielder Houston Astros Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 7 Fábregas, JorgeJorge Fábregas Catcher Chicago White Sox Arizona Diamondbacks
1 8 Cairo, MiguelMiguel Cairo Second baseman Chicago Cubs Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 9 García, KarimKarim García Outfielder Los Angeles Dodgers Arizona Diamondbacks
1 10 Butler, RichRich Butler Outfielder Toronto Blue Jays Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 11 Díaz, EdwinEdwin Díaz Infielder Texas Rangers Arizona Diamondbacks
1 12 Smith, BobbyBobby Smith Third baseman Atlanta Braves Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 13 Lidle, CoryCory Lidle Right-handed pitcher New York Mets Arizona Diamondbacks
1 14 Johnson, JasonJason Johnson Right-handed pitcher Pittsburgh Pirates Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 15 Adamson, JoelJoel Adamson Left-handed pitcher Milwaukee Brewers Arizona Diamondbacks
1 16 Young, DmitriDmitri Youngdouble-dagger First baseman Cincinnati Reds Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 17 Ford, BenBen Ford Right-handed pitcher New York Yankees Arizona Diamondbacks
1 18 Yan, EstebanEsteban Yan Right-handed pitcher Baltimore Orioles Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 19 Benitez, YamilYamil Benitez Outfielder Kansas City Royals Arizona Diamondbacks
1 20 DiFelice, MikeMike DiFelice Catcher St. Louis Cardinals Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 21 Weber, NeilNeil Weber Left-handed pitcher Montreal Expos Arizona Diamondbacks
1 22 Trammell, BubbaBubba Trammell Outfielder Detroit Tigers Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 23 Boyd, JasonJason Boyd Right-handed pitcher Philadelphia Phillies Arizona Diamondbacks
1 24 Sheets, AndyAndy Sheets Infielder Seattle Mariners Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 25 Brede, BrentBrent Brede Outfielder Minnesota Twins Arizona Diamondbacks
1 26 Springer, DennisDennis Springer Right-handed pitcher Anaheim Angels Tampa Bay Devil Rays
1 27 Batista, TonyTony Batistadouble-dagger Infielder Oakland Athletics Arizona Diamondbacks
1 28 Carlson, DanDan Carlson Right-handed pitcher San Francisco Giants Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 29 Martin, TomTom Martin Left-handed pitcher Houston Astros Arizona Diamondbacks
2 30 Boehringer, BrianBrian Boehringer Right-handed pitcher New York Yankees Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 31 Daal, OmarOmar Daal Left-handed pitcher Toronto Blue Jays Arizona Diamondbacks
2 32 Duvall, MikeMike Duvall Left-handed pitcher Florida Marlins Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 33 Winchester, ScottScott Winchester Right-handed pitcher Cincinnati Reds Arizona Diamondbacks
2 34 LeRoy, JohnJohn LeRoy Right-handed pitcher Atlanta Braves Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 35 Sodowsky, ClintClint Sodowsky Right-handed pitcher Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Diamondbacks
2 36 Mecir, JimJim Mecir Right-handed pitcher Boston Red Sox Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 37 Klassen, DannyDanny Klassen Infielder Milwaukee Brewers Arizona Diamondbacks
2 38 Rekar, BryanBryan Rekar Right-handed pitcher Colorado Rockies Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 39 Drews, MattMatt Drews Right-handed pitcher Detroit Tigers Arizona Diamondbacks
2 40 Gorecki, RickRick Gorecki Right-handed pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 41 Erdos, ToddTodd Erdos Right-handed pitcher San Diego Padres Arizona Diamondbacks
2 42 Tatís, RamónRamón Tatís Left-handed pitcher Chicago Cubs Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 43 Clemons, ChrisChris Clemons Right-handed pitcher Chicago White Sox Arizona Diamondbacks
2 44 Robinson, KerryKerry Robinson Outfielder St. Louis Cardinals Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 45 Dellucci, DavidDavid Dellucci Outfielder Baltimore Orioles Arizona Diamondbacks
2 46 Cox, SteveSteve Cox First baseman Oakland Athletics Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 47 Miller, DamianDamian Millerdouble-dagger Catcher Minnesota Twins Arizona Diamondbacks
2 48 Lopez, AlbieAlbie Lopez Right-handed pitcher Cleveland Indians Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 49 Carrasco, HéctorHéctor Carrasco Right-handed pitcher Kansas City Royals Arizona Diamondbacks
2 50 Paniagua, JoséJosé Paniagua Right-handed pitcher Montreal Expos Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 51 Frias, HanleyHanley Frias Shortstop Texas Rangers Arizona Diamondbacks
2 52 Mendoza, CarlosCarlos Mendoza Outfielder New York Mets Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 53 Wolcott, BobBob Wolcott Right-handed pitcher Seattle Mariners Arizona Diamondbacks
2 54 Sefcik, KevinKevin Sefcik Outfielder Philadelphia Phillies Tampa Bay Devil Rays
2 55 Bell, MikeMike Bell Third baseman Anaheim Angels Arizona Diamondbacks
2 56 Hernández, SantosSantos Hernández Right-handed pitcher San Francisco Giants Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3 57 Randa, JoeJoe Randa Third baseman Pittsburgh Pirates Arizona Diamondbacks
3 58 Winn, RandyRandy Winndouble-dagger Outfielder Florida Marlins Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3 59 Jesús Martínez Left-handed pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers Arizona Diamondbacks
3 60 Wade, TerrellTerrell Wade Left-handed pitcher Atlanta Braves Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3 61 Springer, RussRuss Springer Right-handed pitcher Houston Astros Arizona Diamondbacks
3 62 Ledesma, AaronAaron Ledesma Infielder Baltimore Orioles Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3 63 Corey, BryanBryan Corey Right-handed pitcher Detroit Tigers Arizona Diamondbacks
3 64 Kieschnick, BrooksBrooks Kieschnick Outfielder Chicago Cubs Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3 65 Stinnett, KellyKelly Stinnett Catcher Milwaukee Brewers Arizona Diamondbacks
3 66 Luke Wilcox Outfielder New York Yankees Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3 67 McElroy, ChuckChuck McElroy Left-handed pitcher Chicago White Sox Arizona Diamondbacks
3 68 Perry, HerbertHerbert Perry Infielder Cleveland Indians Tampa Bay Devil Rays
3 69 Janzen, MartyMarty Janzen Right-handed pitcher Toronto Blue Jays Arizona Diamondbacks
3 70 Eshelman, VaughnVaughn Eshelman Left-handed pitcher Oakland Athletics Tampa Bay Devil Rays

Post-draft trades[edit]

The Rays purchased Tampa native Fred McGriff from the Atlanta Braves after the draft.

Once the draft was completed a number of trades were made. Teams had to wait until after the draft or risk losing their newly acquired players because they were not on their protected lists.[6]

  • The Devil Rays traded Bobby Abreu to the Philadelphia Phillies for Kevin Stocker
  • The Devil Rays traded Andy Sheets and Brian Boehringer to the San Diego Padres for John Flaherty
  • The Devil Rays traded Dmitri Young to the Cincinnati Reds for Mike Kelly
  • The Devil Rays purchased Fred McGriff from the Atlanta Braves
  • The Diamondbacks traded Gabe Alvarez, Joe Randa, and Matt Drews to the Detroit Tigers for Travis Fryman
  • The Diamondbacks traded Scott Winchester to the Cincinnati Reds for Félix Rodríguez
  • The Diamondbacks traded Jesus Martinez to the Florida Marlins for Devon White
  • The Diamondbacks traded Chuck McElroy to the Colorado Rockies for Harvey Pulliam

Aftermath[edit]

The Diamondbacks intended to spend money. The day prior to the expansion draft, they signed Jay Bell to a $34 million contract across five years.[7] Two weeks following the draft, the Diamondbacks traded Fryman and Martin for Matt Williams.[8]

The Devil Rays and Diamondbacks had differing results in their first years in MLB. Both teams altered their initial plans of developing youth; the Devil Rays acquired sluggers Vinny Castilla and Greg Vaughn, while the Diamondbacks added Randy Johnson, Todd Stottlemyre, Steve Finley, Armando Reynoso, Greg Swindell and Greg Colbrunn.[9] While the Devil Rays consistently finished last in the AL East, the Diamondbacks won the 2001 World Series.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Expansion teams draft prospects then get caught up in trade winds". The Washington Times. November 19, 1997. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ Justice, Richard (March 3, 1994). "Baseball eyes addition of its 29th, 30th teams". The Washington Post. p. D1. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ Lipton, Eric; Maske, Mark (March 10, 1995). "Virginia gets no promise - Locals eye existing teams - Tampa, Phoenix get new ones". The Washington Post. p. F1. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Expansion team feels another draft coming Series: DEVIL RAYS REPORT; COUNTDOWN to OPENING DAY: 505 days". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. November 16, 1996. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Beaton, Rod (November 18, 1997). "Devil Rays weighing offers for first choice in the draft". USA Today. p. 2C. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Diaz, George (November 19, 1997). "DEVIL RAYS GRAB MCGRIFF, SAUNDERS TAMPA BAY TRADED FOR ATLANTA'S FRED MCGRIFF AND TOOK FLORIDA'S TONY SAUNDERS WITH ITS TOP PICK". Orlando Sentinel. p. C1. Retrieved October 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/18/sports/baseball-expansion-draft-arizona-gives-bell-34-million-for-5-years.html
  8. ^ Kepner, Tyler (October 29, 2001). "World Series; Williams Ends Boos With Just One Swing". The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Chass, Murray (October 26, 2001). "WORLD SERIES PREVIEW; Arizona, Tampa Bay: One Is Up, The Other...". The New York Times. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 

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