Agreed Moon. There are players on our forty-man roster who will never see Fenway from the home dugout, just as there are several in our system, not yet on the forty-man, who we do not want to lose to the rule 5 draft. Bard, sadly, Butler and Hassan are all just taking up spots on the forty-man roster in my opinion, and something could still happen with regard to free-agents to be, particularly Drew, who clearly does not fit into plans beyond this year. That's ten percent of the forty-man roster right there. I'm a little fuzzy on the rules (huge understatement there!) but I think some of our better prospects are still too young to be concerned about losing them to the draft.
Here's a complete list of the players and when they become eligible for rule 5:
Red= top 40/Bold Black 41-60 or others with ML possibilities
2013: Mario Alcantara, Michael Almanzar, Chris Balcom-Miller, Carson Blair, Xander Bogaerts, Bryce Brentz, Chris Carpenter, Garin Cecchini, Keith Couch, William Cuevas, Keury De La Cruz, Luis Diaz, Leonel Escobar, Derrik Gibson, Dreily Guerrero, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Jayson Hernandez, Chris Hernandez, Peter Hissey, Jeremy Kehrt, Aaron Kurcz, Juan Carlos Linares, Heiker Meneses, Boss Moanaroa, Eric Nieson, Nefi Ogando, Yunior Ortega, Oscar Perez, Matthew Price, Anthony Ranaudo, David Renfroe, Pete Ruiz, Felix Sanchez, Kyle Stroup, Francisco Taveras, Raynel Velette, Jose Vinicio, Kolbrin Vitek, Shannon Wilkerson, Madison Younginer
6 Player likely to be lost to free agency:
Ellsbury, Saltalamaccia, Napoli, S Drew, and J Hanrahan
Others that may be traded, released, or removed from the 40 man roster:
Bard, Kalish, Morales, Miller, Lavarnway, Middlebrooks, Britton, Bailey, D Ross, Webster, de la Rosa, A Wilson, S Wright, D Butler, A Hassan, J Gomes, B Holt, de la Torre, P Beato, B Snyder, B Workman, and Lester ($13M club option w $.25M buyout- voided if traded), Thornton ($6M club option w $1M buyout).
Is this the Sea Dogs weekend?
Nobody has answered, so I'm guessing next weekend (July 26-28). I'm free for anyday, unless soemthing comes up.