Major League Baseball is set to hold the Rule 5 draft at 2 PM EST today, and the Mets have the eighth pick in it thanks to their poor winning percentage during the 2023 season. In the amateur draft that takes place next summer, the Mets will pick 19th as a result of getting the ninth pick in that draft’s lottery and being penalized ten spots for blowing past the competitive balance tax threshold.
As for this Rule 5 draft, the Mets have had a relatively quiet offseason so far. The team’s signing of Luis Severino has been its biggest move in the very early days of the David Stearns era. The team currently has 33 players on its 40-man roster, which means there’s plenty of room for them to pluck an unprotected player from another team. And as a reminder, to keep any player selected in the major league portion of this draft, the Mets would have to keep that player on their active roster for the entirety of the 2024 season.