Update: The Mets added Steven Matz, Jeff Walters, Jake deGrom and Erik Goeddel to the 40-man roster. Kolarek, Dykstra and Gorski are at risk of being selected by another team. We’ll see…
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At midnight tonight, every team in the MLB is required to have their 40-man roster set, positioning themselves for next month’s Rule 5 draft.
Players 18-and-under who signed their first professional contract in 2009 and players 19-and-over who signed their first professional contract in 2010 are eligible for the draft. This means that we are likely to find many high school and international players who signed in 2009 or before and college players who signed in 2010 or before filling this years’ draft class.The Rule 5 draft will take place on Thursday, December 12.
With 36 men on the roster prior to the deadline, the Mets have a fair amount of room for movement. The only “extremely likely protections” were pitchers Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz. In addition, Baseball America named outfielders Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani and RHP Jeff Walters as “possible protections.”
DeGrom will probably be ready to help the Mets in some role in 2014. Matz is a tougher decision, as the oft-injured 2009 second-rounder hasn’t made it out of low Class A, but he showed plus stuff and some feel for pitching.
Outfielders Vaughn and Cecilliani don’t have the profile of a typical Rule 5 pick, so the Mets could likely gamble and leave them unprotected.
Joe D. shared his thoughts yesterday, and believes the Mets are in great shape heading into decision day.
With four spots currently open, that’s just enough to protect Steven Matz, Jeff Walters and Jacob deGrom with room to spare. They could also cut Omar Quintanilla and Scott Atchison to open up two more spots.
The likelihood of any of the other unprotected players lasting on an MLB roster for an entire year are slim to none, so they should all survive the purging. Those players include: