Just a heads-up to all the minor-league followers out there, tomorrow is the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft. The Rule 5 eligibility rules are pretty difficult to get your head around, but there are five decent prospects that I'm pretty sure are eligible:
I certainly think you'll see the first three get protected, and I'm hoping Rasmus gets a nod as well. Former first-round pick has fought through a lot, and definitely still has the stuff to be a bullpen arm. With the 40-man roster standing at 31 players currently, the Braves may only be able to part with three roster spots, leaving them to hope Rasmus doesn't get picked. We'll know tomorrow for sure, though.
EDIT: Just did a little further research on Rasmus and remembered he actually could have qualified for free agency since he was drafted all the way back in 2006. He chose to re-sign with the Braves without ever testing the waters. If some team out there was willing to put him on its major-league roster (which is a requirement for all Rule 5 draft picks), then he probably would've just gone and signed with that team instead of returning to Atlanta. So while he is technically Rule 5 draft eligible, he probably isn't a huge risk to get picked. I'm projecting Bethancourt, Spruill and Hale.
Northcraft was a must save too, rather him than Bullock.Quote:
The Braves have added Christian Bethancourt, Zeke Spruill, Cory Rasmus, Aaron Northcraft and David Hale to the 40-man roster
Good Moves for the Braves. I would give Bullock a shot if I was a Houston type club and see if he sticks. If not nothing lost. Lets see if the Braves select somone and hide them away on the 60 day DL all year again.
If anything, this reinforces to me that the Braves expect to make a move via trade, where there will be players on the 40-man going back to the other team. Otherwise, it would be awfully risky to let the roster get that full this early in the winter.
Paul Janish & Peter Moylan could be non tender candidates however Janish has an option left (i believe). Juan Jaime could be a outright/DFA candidate. and Beachy will be placed on the 60 day DL which gives you 5 spots with up to 3 more being able to made(if needed).
Teheran lost a no hitter with 2 outs in the 6th inning last night, former Gwinnett player Felix Pie broke the no no, this has been the best iv'e seen Teheran, he was locating pitches excelent and his fastball was consistently 94.
Prove me right, JT. I still believe in you.
I mean JT just *has* to break into the rotation this year right?
If I recall correctly, JT loaded the bases against the Blue Jays...then Fredi went right ahead to put in Livan to blow the game open...but JT's yanking was probably warranted...putting in Livan however...not so much.