1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft

1992 MLB expansion draft

Teal and purple bats and flags with the Marlins and Rockies logos

The logo for the 1992 MLB expansion draft
General information
Date(s) November 17, 1992
Location New York City
Network(s) (US) ESPN
First selections
Overall selections 72

On November 17, 1992, during the 1992–93 offseason, Major League Baseball (MLB) held an expansion draft in New York City to allow two expansion teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies, to build their rosters prior to debuting in the National League's (NL) East and the West divisions, respectively, in the 1993 MLB season.

The 1990 collective bargaining agreement between MLB owners and the MLB Players Association allowed the NL to expand by two members to match the American League (AL).[1] In June 1991, MLB accepted bids of groups from Miami, Florida, and Denver, Colorado, with debuts set for 1993.[2][3]

The Marlins and Rockies used the expansion draft to build their teams using different strategies. As the Rockies had a smaller operating budget than the Marlins, the Rockies targeted prospects with low salaries, while the Marlins selected older players intended to provide more immediate impact.[4] All three rounds of the draft were televised by ESPN.[4]


As opposed to previous expansion drafts, players from both the American League (AL) and National League (NL) were available to the expansion clubs.[4] Each existing club could protect 15 players on their 40-man roster from being drafted and only one player could be drafted from each team in each round. At the end of each round, NL teams could protect an additional three players and AL teams could protect an additional four. To further protect the AL teams, a maximum of eight AL teams could have three players chosen.[5]

All unprotected MLB and minor league players were eligible except those chosen in the amateur drafts of 1991 or 1992 and players who were 18 or younger when signed in 1990.[5] Players who were free agents after the 1992 season were not eligible for selection in the draft.[4] The Colorado Rockies and Florida Marlins, however, were not restricted in offering contracts to free agents. The Rockies signed their first free agent, Andrés Galarraga, to a one-year contract the day before the expansion draft.[6]

The draft order was determined by a coin toss, the winner of which could choose either: (a) the first overall pick in the expansion draft and the 28th, and last, pick in the first round of the 1993 MLB amateur draft; or (b) allow the other team to pick first and receive both the second and third overall expansion draft picks, the right to pick first in the subsequent rounds of the expansion draft, and the 27th, and next-to-last, overall pick in the 1993 MLB amateur draft. Colorado won the toss and chose to pick first overall.[4][5]


With the first pick, the Rockies chose David Nied, who had a 3–0 win–loss record with a 1.17 earned run average in six MLB appearances with the Atlanta Braves.[7] The Marlins' first selection, Nigel Wilson, spent the 1992 season with the Double-A Knoxville Smokies of the Toronto Blue Jays organization, and had no MLB experience.[8]

In total, the Rockies and Marlins chose 41 pitchers with their combined 72 selections.[9] Of the 72 players chosen, 11 were All-Stars during their careers. Jack Armstrong,[10] Bryan Harvey,[11] and Danny Jackson[12] had been All-Stars before the expansion draft, while Andy Ashby,[13] Brad Ausmus,[14] Vinny Castilla,[15] Jeff Conine,[16] Carl Everett,[17] Joe Girardi,[18] Harvey,[11] Trevor Hoffman,[19] Jackson,[12] and Eric Young[20] became All-Stars later on in their careers.

A man in a white baseball uniform in his pitching motion.
Trevor Hoffman, the one-time career leader in saves,[21] was selected with the 7th pick overall.
A man in a red baseball uniform stands and looks towards his left.
Brad Ausmus never played for the Rockies, but had an 18-year MLB career.[14]
A man in a blue jacket with the word "Indians" written across the chest
Eric Wedge managed the Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners after his playing career.[22]
A man in a navy blue baseball uniform with the word "New York" written across the front
Joe Girardi played for the Rockies (1993–1995) and managed the Marlins (2006).[18][23]
Round Pick Player Position Selected from Selected by
11 Nied, DavidDavid Nied Right-handed pitcherAtlanta BravesColorado Rockies
12 Wilson, NigelNigel Wilson OutfielderToronto Blue JaysFlorida Marlins
13 Hayes, CharlieCharlie Hayes Third basemanNew York YankeesColorado Rockies
14 Martínez, JoséJosé Martínez Right-handed pitcherNew York MetsFlorida Marlins
15 Holmes, DarrenDarren Holmes Right-handed pitcherMilwaukee BrewersColorado Rockies
16 Barberie, BretBret Barberie ShortstopMontreal ExposFlorida Marlins
17 Clark, JeraldJerald Clark OutfielderSan Diego PadresColorado Rockies
18 Hoffman, TrevorTrevor Hoffmandouble-dagger Right-handed pitcherCincinnati RedsFlorida Marlins
19 Reimer, KevinKevin Reimer OutfielderTexas RangersColorado Rockies
110 Rapp, PatPat Rapp Right-handed pitcherSan Francisco GiantsFlorida Marlins
111 Young, EricEric Youngdouble-dagger Second basemanLos Angeles DodgersColorado Rockies
112 Hibbard, GregGreg Hibbard Left-handed pitcherChicago White SoxFlorida Marlins
113 Reed, JodyJody Reed Second basemanBoston Red SoxColorado Rockies
114 Carr, ChuckChuck Carr OutfielderSt. Louis CardinalsFlorida Marlins
115 Aldred, ScottScott Aldred Left-handed pitcherDetroit TigersColorado Rockies
116 Whitmore, DarrellDarrell Whitmore OutfielderCleveland IndiansFlorida Marlins
117 Cole, AlexAlex Cole OutfielderPittsburgh PiratesColorado Rockies
118 Helfand, EricEric Helfand CatcherOakland AthleticsFlorida Marlins
119 Girardi, JoeJoe Girardidouble-dagger CatcherChicago CubsColorado Rockies
120 Harvey, BryanBryan Harveydouble-dagger Right-handed pitcherCalifornia AngelsFlorida Marlins
121 Blair, WillieWillie Blair Right-handed pitcherHouston AstrosColorado Rockies
122 Conine, JeffJeff Coninedouble-dagger First baseman/OutfielderKansas City RoyalsFlorida Marlins
123 Owens, JayJay Owens CatcherMinnesota TwinsColorado Rockies
124 Kip Yaughn Right-handed pitcherBaltimore OriolesFlorida Marlins
125 Ashby, AndyAndy Ashbydouble-dagger Right-handed pitcherPhiladelphia PhilliesColorado Rockies
126 Tavárez, JesúsJesús Tavárez OutfielderSeattle MarinersFlorida Marlins
227 Benavides, FreddieFreddie Benavides ShortstopCincinnati RedsColorado Rockies
228 Everett, CarlCarl Everettdouble-dagger OutfielderNew York YankeesFlorida Marlins
229 Mejia, RobertoRoberto Mejia Second basemanLos Angeles DodgersColorado Rockies
230 Weathers, DavidDavid Weathers Right-handed pitcherToronto Blue JaysFlorida Marlins
231 Bochtler, DougDoug Bochtler Right-handed pitcherMontreal ExposColorado Rockies
232 Johnstone, JohnJohn Johnstone Right-handed pitcherNew York MetsFlorida Marlins
233 Painter, LanceLance Painter Left-handed pitcherSan Diego PadresColorado Rockies
234 Martínez, RamónRamón Martínez ShortstopPittsburgh PiratesFlorida Marlins
235 Henry, ButchButch Henry Left-handed pitcherHouston AstrosColorado Rockies
236 Decker, SteveSteve Decker CatcherSan Francisco GiantsFlorida Marlins
237 Hawblitzel, RyanRyan Hawblitzel Right-handed pitcherChicago CubsColorado Rockies
238 Carpenter, CrisCris Carpenter Right-handed pitcherSt. Louis CardinalsFlorida Marlins
239 Castilla, VinnyVinny Castilladouble-dagger ShortstopAtlanta BravesColorado Rockies
240 Armstrong, JackJack Armstrongdouble-dagger Right-handed pitcherCleveland IndiansFlorida Marlins
241 Merriman, BrettBrett Merriman Right-handed pitcherCalifornia AngelsColorado Rockies
242 Chiamparino, ScottScott Chiamparino Right-handed pitcherTexas RangersFlorida Marlins
243 Tatum, JimJim Tatum Third basemanMilwaukee BrewersColorado Rockies
244 Edens, TomTom Edens Right-handed pitcherMinnesota TwinsFlorida Marlins
245 Ritz, KevinKevin Ritz Right-handed pitcherDetroit TigersColorado Rockies
246 Berumen, AndrésAndrés Berumen Right-handed pitcherKansas City RoyalsFlorida Marlins
247 Wedge, EricEric Wedge CatcherBoston Red SoxColorado Rockies
248 Person, RobertRobert Person Right-handed pitcherChicago White SoxFlorida Marlins
249 Shepherd, KeithKeith Shepherd Right-handed pitcherPhiladelphia PhilliesColorado Rockies
250 Corsi, JimJim Corsi Right-handed pitcherOakland AthleticsFlorida Marlins
251 Jones, CalvinCalvin Jones Right-handed pitcherSeattle MarinersColorado Rockies
252 Lewis, RichieRichie Lewis Right-handed pitcherBaltimore OriolesFlorida Marlins
353 Ausmus, BradBrad Ausmusdouble-dagger CatcherNew York YankeesColorado Rockies
354 Jackson, DannyDanny Jacksondouble-dagger Left-handed pitcherPittsburgh PiratesFlorida Marlins
355 Moore, MarcusMarcus Moore Right-handed pitcherToronto Blue JaysColorado Rockies
356 McAndrew, JamieJamie McAndrew Right-handed pitcherLos Angeles DodgersFlorida Marlins
357 Reynoso, ArmandoArmando Reynoso Right-handed pitcherAtlanta BravesColorado Rockies
358 Natal, BobBob Natal CatcherMontreal ExposFlorida Marlins
359 Reed, SteveSteve Reed Right-handed pitcherSan Francisco GiantsColorado Rockies
360 Félix, JuniorJunior Félix OutfielderCalifornia AngelsFlorida Marlins
361 Sanford, MoMo Sanford Right-handed pitcherCincinnati RedsColorado Rockies
362 Moore, KerwinKerwin Moore OutfielderKansas City RoyalsFlorida Marlins
363 Castellano, PedroPedro Castellano Third basemanChicago CubsColorado Rockies
364 Bowen, RyanRyan Bowen Right-handed pitcherHouston AstrosFlorida Marlins
365 Leskanic, CurtisCurtis Leskanic Right-handed pitcherMinnesota TwinsColorado Rockies
366 Baker, ScottScott Baker Left-handed pitcherSt. Louis CardinalsFlorida Marlins
367 Fredrickson, ScottScott Fredrickson Right-handed pitcherSan Diego PadresColorado Rockies
368 Donnels, ChrisChris Donnels Third basemanNew York MetsFlorida Marlins
369 Castillo, BraulioBraulio Castillo OutfielderPhiladelphia PhilliesColorado Rockies
370 Fariss, MontyMonty Fariss OutfielderTexas RangersFlorida Marlins
371 Boucher, DenisDenis Boucher Left-handed pitcherCleveland IndiansColorado Rockies
372 Tabaka, JeffJeff Tabaka Left-handed pitcherMilwaukee BrewersFlorida Marlins

Draft-day trades

The following trades were announced at the conclusion of the expansion draft:[24]


Several older star players who were left unprotected, including Danny Tartabull, Jack Morris, and Shawon Dunston, were not selected due to their high salaries and advanced age.[25] Based on the results of the expansion draft, the Marlins were projected to have a higher payroll in 1993 than the Rockies.[26] The Rockies' payroll appeared to be $4 million, less than what the Marlins would pay Bryan Harvey.[25]

The New York Yankees challenged the validity of the draft on the basis that the Marlins did not compensate the Yankees for the loss of territory in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the Yankees had a minor league team. They attempted to revoke the assignment of Hayes and Ausmus to the Rockies and Everett to the Marlins. Invoking the "best interests of baseball" clause, Commissioner Bud Selig and the major league executive council affirmed the draft results.[27]

In the 1993 Major League Baseball season, the Marlins and Rockies both finished sixth out of seven teams in their respective divisions.[28] The Rockies were the first team to reach the playoffs, using the roster they developed through the expansion draft to win the wild card in 1995, a record for the shortest amount of time for an expansion team to make the playoffs in any sport.[29] (The Arizona Diamondbacks would go on to break the record by reaching the playoffs in 1999, their second year of existence.)[30] Ritz and Painter, both selected in the expansion draft, started Games 1 and 2 of the 1995 National League Division Series for the Rockies.[29] The Rockies added free agent acquisition Larry Walker to a lineup of power hitters in Galarraga, Bichette, and Castilla, known collectively as the "Blake Street Bombers".[31]

Meanwhile, the Marlins kept fewer players they selected in the expansion draft than the Rockies. In 1996, the Rockies retained 13 players from the draft, while the Marlins had six.[32] Jeff Conine, nicknamed "Mr. Marlin", was the only player selected in the expansion draft on the Marlins' 1997 World Series championship roster.[33] However, the Marlins used the players selected in the expansion draft to craft their 1997 roster. The Marlins traded three players selected in the draft, Hoffman, Martínez and Berumen, to the San Diego Padres for Gary Sheffield,[34] a key member of the 1997 Florida Marlins.[35] However, other key players to the Marlins' World Series championship were signed as free agents.[36] The 1997 Marlins set records by reaching and winning the World Series in the team's fifth year[37] (these records were broken by the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, who won the World Series in their fourth year of existence)[30] and were the first wild card team to win the World Series.[38]

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