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Orioles face tough decisions on which players to protect from Rule 5 draft
Orioles face tough decisions on which players to protect from Rule 5 draft

The Orioles have until Thursday to set their 40-man organizational roster in order to protect minor leaguers from being selected in next month’s Rule 5 draft. Over the next two days, the Orioles will have to make several tough decisions on which players to protect. After signing right-handed reliever Oliver Drake to a major league deal Tuesday, the Orioles now have 34 players on the 40-man roster and figure to keep a few spots open in case they make free-agent moves like re-signing Nick Markakis or Nelson Cruz. The Orioles almost certainly will leave a spot open to make a Rule 5 selection of their own, especially since they essentially have a free roster spot because they...

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