11/18 Roster moves
Major League teams have until Wednesday to protect players from being selected in the Rule 5 Draft by adding them onto their 40-man roster. A little background: The Rule 5 Draft takes place Dec. 12, the last day of the Winter Meetings. Between Wednesday’s roster deadline and Dec. 12, teams will not be permitted to add players from the Minor League rosters to the Major League 40-man roster. Teams can add Major League free agents or players acquired in trade. The Cubs’ 40-man roster is currently at 37.
Who is eligible for the Rule 5 Draft? Players who signed at age 19 or older become Rule 5 eligible after four years. That means any players who signed out of college in the 2010 Draft are eligible. A player who signed his first pro contract at age 18 or younger has five years before becoming eligible. Players drafted out of high school in 2009 are in this pool.
As a refresher, here are the players on the Cubs’ 40-man roster:
Pitchers (19): Jake Arrieta, Daniel Bard, Alberto Cabrera, Kyuji Fujikawa, Justin Grimm, Edwin Jackson, Chang-Yong Lim, Blake Parker, Brooks Raley, Neil Ramirez, Hector Rondon, Zac Rosscup, Chris Rusin, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Pedro Strop, Carlos Villanueva, Arodys Vizcaino, Travis Wood.
Catcher (1): Welington Castillo.
Infielders (10): Darwin Barney, Starlin Castro, Mat Gamel, Donnie Murphy, Mike Olt, Anthony Rizzo, Luis Valbuena, Christian Villanueva, Josh Vitters, Logan Watkins.
Outfielders (7): Brian Bogusevic, Brett Jackson, Junior Lake, Nate Schierholtz, Jorge Soler, Ryan Sweeney, Matt Szczur.