Definitions for "1997 MLB Expansion Draft"
The 1997 MLB Expansion Draft was held November 18, 1997. This expansion draft was conducted by Major League Baseball to stock the major league rosters of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks, new major league expansion franchises that were set to start play in the 1998 season. Tampa Bay was to join the American League East division, displacing the Detroit Tigers (who moved to the American League Central division, thus displacing the Milwaukee Brewers, who moved to the National League Central division), and Arizona joined the National League West division.