Bucs add six prospects to 40-man roster

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

The Pirates have decided to protect six Minor League players from being exposed in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft on December 8 by adding them to the team’s 40-man roster. The club announced the additions on Friday night. Those additions include:

  • OF Starling Marte
  • INF Matt Hague
  • INF Jordy Mercer
  • LHP Rudy Owens
  • LHP Justin Wilson
  • RHP Duke Welker

Because the Pirates had only four open roster spots, they had to make additional moves to clear two more. That was done by designating OF Xavier Paul and C Eric Fryer for assignment. The club has 10 days to trade, release or outright Fryer to the Minors. Paul cannot be outrighted, so if he is not claimed off waivers, he will become a Minor League free agent.

The Pirates have already reached out to Paul to let him know that they would welcome him back if he is interested in re-signing.

Though the Pirates’ 40-man roster is now full, it does not mean that the club cannot take someone in the Rule 5 Draft. The Pirates will now be able to look over the list and, if they decide that they want to take a player, they can open up a roster spot ahead of time. The Pirates have the eighth pick in the Draft as the result of how they finished in 2011.

As for who the Pirates left unprotected from the Rule 5 Draft, some of the more recognizable names include: RHP Aaron Pribanic, RHP Tim Alderson, OF Andrew Lambo, RHP Diego Moreno, RHP Michael Crotta and RHP Michael Colla.

Go here to pull up the full story on pirates.com, which has additional details about these moves.

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