11/20 Roster decisions

Today is the deadline for teams to set their 40-man rosters in preparation for the Rule 5 Draft. Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five years or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations through the Rule 5 process. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four years. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.

In other words, an international player or high school draftee signed in 2009, assuming they were 18 or under as of June 5 of that year, must be protected. A college player taken in the 2010 Draft is in the same boat.

The Cubs’ 40-man is currently at 37. Infielder Arismendy Alcantara is most likely to be added to the 40-man. The talented second baseman batted .271 with 15 home runs, 69 RBIs and 31 stolen bases at Double-A Tennessee this season.

Some other Minor League players who would be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft if not protected on the Cubs’ 40-man are: pitchers Matt Loosen, Dallas Beeler, Marcus Hatley, Austin Kirk, Ryan Searle and Zach Cates; infielders Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez; and outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha.

Remember that if selected in the Rule 5 Draft, that player has to stay on the Major League roster the entire season. So, even if a player isn’t protected by the Cubs, it’s not a slight, but may simply be that the team doesn’t feel he’s ready.

— Carrie Muskat

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