Re: Baseball America ranks farm systems
posted at 10/30/2013 6:46 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Another look at the 2014 40 man Roster and Rule 5 Possibilities:
4) Buccholz (60 Day DL)
8) Kalish (60 Day DL)
10) Miller (60 Day DL)
14) Bailey (60 Day DL)
19) de la Rosa
20) Wilson (60 Day DL)
34) Thornton (club option)
Blue= May be traded or DFA'd to make room for those needing rule 5 protection.
Minor League Free Agents to be, unless added to the 40 Man roster in November:
Alfredo Aceves, Ronald Bermudez, Anthony Carter, Miguel Celestino, Ryan Dent, Jonathan Diaz, Marco Duarte, Vladimir Frias, Charlie Haeger, Mark Hamilton, Justin Henry, Brock Huntzinger, Bobby Lanigan, Will Latimer, Mitch Maier, Matt Maloney, Jack McGeary, Eric Niesen, Gerardo Olivares, Rafael Perez, Manny Rivera, Alberto Rosario, Ryan Rowland-Smith, Matt Spring, Drew Sutton, Tony Thomas
Rule 5 Eligible (must be added to the 40 man roster by Nov 20):
Mario Alcantara, Michael Almanzar, Chris Balcom-Miller, Carson Blair, Bryce Brentz, Chris Carpenter, Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, William Cuevas, Keury De La Cruz, Luis Diaz, Leonel Escobar, Derrik Gibson, Dreily Guerrero, Jayson Hernandez, Chris Hernandez, Peter Hissey, Aaron King, Aaron Kurcz, Juan Carlos Linares, Heiker Meneses, Boss Moanaroa, Yunior Ortega, Oscar Perez, Mathew Price, Anthony Ranaudo, Nate Reed, David Renfroe, Pete Ruiz, Felix Sanchez, Kyle Stroup, Francisco Taveras, Raynel Velette, Jose Vinicio, Kolbrin Vitek, Shannon Wilkerson, Madison Younginer
I'd say de la Cruz and Almanzar may not get drafted Rule 5, but the following must be protected or lost:
3) L Diaz
If we sign 4 free agents: OF, SS/3B, 1B and RP somethings got to give. 4 free agents plus 4 rule 5 protected roster moves makes about 8 that need to be added to the 40 man roster.
See the players in blue to determine who must go to make room, unless we pull off a 2 or 3 for 1 deal or two somewhere.
The only person I would refute on that list would be Luis Diaz. Perhaps he would be drafted, but I think he would be returned if that was the case. But I won't complain if they add him, I'm very intrigued to see what he can do this year.
He does represent the problem we can have with international players. Even with the extra year of control they come into the system so young that teams get faced with the prospect (no pun intended) of losing these kids to the rule 5 a year or two earlier than the kids they draft out of the June draft. Perhaps even more.