So what was the full list?
How is Bartolo Colon protected before Noesi, Burnett and Heathcott. Also, how do you protect him and not protect Brackman?
why protect a-rod? no expansion team is going to take on that contract.
I love A-Rod; would miss him if he left; that said, really don't even want to consider him at age 42 – would gladly let someone else take him off our hands. I'd miss him the next 3 years, I'd be ecstatic to have him be someone else's albatross for the last 4.
I would think certain players (like ARod, Jeter, Posada) would have it in their contracts that they would be protected in case of expansion.
I agree, would not have protected Arod. That contract will be an albatross, even if he is still productive now. For similar reasons, I'd even leave Tex unprotected. If either or both were to be selected, that just opens to door to go after Pujols and/or Fielder.
It certainly would have been reasonable to leave A-rod unprotected. I was pretty close to doing that, but my risk averse side kicked in. Also, losing A-rod would not open a position for Pujols. Neither Pujols nor Tex can play third. Of course Albert could DH, but he could have done that with A-rod still on the team.