QOTW: MLB Position Eligibility

Question of the Week: Regarding the eligibility of Evan Gattis … he played 6 games at first base yet he is not 1B eligible as of yet. How many games does it require for a position player to add an additional position to his status?

Answer: For MLB, we use an algorithm where the player must have had 10 starts at the position the previous year and will need 7 during the current season to move over. For pitchers, it’s 3 starts or 8 relief appearances to move over to a SP or RP during the current year. We usually will never take MLB position eligibility away during the season once it starts.

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