Teams have until midnight to set their 40-man rosters in advance of the Rule 5 draft on Dec. 6. You can expected the Red Sox to make several moves.
Minor league players drafted in 2009 or earlier (college) or 2008 or earlier (high school) would be eligible for the draft if left unprotected. For international players, it would be any signed in 2008 or earlier.
The Red Sox have 39 players on their 40-man roster and will need to open some spots for several prospects.
Righthanders Allen Webster and Alex Wilson are likely candidates to be added. Webster is one of the prospects obtained from the Dodgers in August and projects as a starter. Wilson converted to the bullpen last season and could figure in the mix as a middle reliever this season.
Catcher Christian Vazquez also has value.
The Sox also could consider righthanded reliever Josh Fields, who is 27 but had a strong season, striking out 78 in 58.1 innings for Portland and Pawtucket.
Any player selected in the Rule 5 draft would have to stay on a team’s major league roster all season or be offered back.
The Red Sox have a number of fringy players they could drop off their 40-man roster including pitchers Pedro Beato, David Carpenter and Zach Stewart. Danny Valencia and Mauro Gomez wouldn’t be significant losses, either.
Via soxprospects.com, here’s the complete list of players the Red Sox could risk losing if not protected:
Michael Almanzar, Chris Balcom-Miller, Luis Bastardo, Jeremiah Bayer, Ronald Bermudez, Carson Blair, Dan Butler, Miguel Celestino, William Cuevas, Jose De La Torre, Ryan Dent, Marco Duarte, Leonel Escobar, Josh Fields, Jose Garcia, Zach Gentile, Derrik Gibson, Aly Gonzalez, Alex Hassan, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Drew Hedman, Jon Hee, Pete Hissey, Brock Huntzinger, Jeremy Kehrt, Will Latimer, Mitch Maier, Heiker Meneses, Boss Moanaroa, Gerardo Olivares, Oscar Perez, Ryan Pressly, Manny Rivera, Charle Rosario, Pete Ruiz, Felix Sanchez, Matt Spring, Kyle Stroup, Tony Thomas, Christian Vazquez, Raynel Velette, Allen Webster, Ryan Westmoreland, Shannon Wilkerson, Tyler Wilson, Alex Wilson, and Steven Wright.
Other potential Rule 5 draftees include Butler, Hazelbaker, Huntzinger, Pressly and Wright.
We’ll let you know what the Sox decide once the news comes out.