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Teams set 40-man rosters in advance of Rule 5 Draft

Teams set 40-man rosters in advance of Rule 5 Draft

They are decisions every Major League organization has to make this time of year. There are only so many open spots on a 40-man roster, and every November, teams have to decide which Minor League prospects deserve one of those coveted slots.

All 30 teams had to declare which players to add to their 40-man rosters by 8 p.m. ET Friday. Players left unprotected will be exposed to selection by the 29 other teams in the Rule 5 Draft in December at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn.

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Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons 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 seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, slated to take place on Dec. 10. 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 Draft pick signed in 2011 -- assuming he was 18 or younger as of June 5 of that year -- had to be protected. A college player taken in the '12 Draft was in the same boat. There were 11 players on MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list who needed to be protected or become exposed to the Rule 5 Draft, led by Pirates right-hander Tyler Glasnow at No. 7. And, unsurprisingly, all of them were added to their teams' 40-man rosters.

* Indicates that a player has been added to his 40-man roster.

Rank, Name, Position, Organization
* 7. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates
* 12. Orlando Arcia, SS, Brewers
* 14. Nomar Mazara, OF, Rangers
* 25. Manuel Margot, OF, Padres
* 31. Josh Bell, 1B, Pirates
* 36. Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds
* 41. Blake Snell, LHP, Rays
* 71. Brandon Nimmo, OF, Mets
* 95. Kyle Zimmer, RHP, Royals
* 98. Michael Fulmer, RHP, Tigers
* 99. Raimel Tapia, OF, Rockies

Those weren't the only players under consideration. A total of 156 prospects who are on organizational Top 30 lists were vying for a roster spot. Here's a list of all 30 teams' Top 30 prospects who needed to be protected to avoid being exposed to the Rule 5 Draft.

Arizona Diamondbacks (6)
* No. 14 Gabriel Guerrero, OF
No. 17 Dawel Lugo, SS
* No. 18 Jake Barrett, RHP
No. 23 Victor Reyes, OF
No. 28 Jose Martinez, RHP
No. 29 Mitch Haniger, OF

Atlanta Braves (3)
* No. 15 Mallex Smith, OF
No. 22 Johan Camargo, SS
* No. 25 John Gant, RHP

Baltimore Orioles (3)
* No. 20 Parker Bridwell, RHP
No. 22 Branden Kline, RHP
No. 27 Derrick Bleeker, RHP

Boston Red Sox (5)
No. 13 Ty Buttrey, RHP
* No. 19 Pat Light, RHP
* No. 20 Marco Hernandez, SS
* No. 21 Williams Jerez, LHP
No. 24 Henry Ramos, OF

Chicago Cubs (6)
* No. 7 Pierce Johnson, RHP
* No. 10 Willson Contreras, C
* No. 13 Dan Vogelbach, 1B
No. 19 Corey Black, RHP
* No. 20 Jeimer Candelario, 3B
No. 29 Daury Torrez, RHP

Chicago White Sox (4)
No. 22 Onelki Garcia, LHP
No. 25 Myles Jaye, RHP
No. 28 Keon Barnum, 1B
* No. 30 Brandon Brennan, RHP

Cincinnati Reds (3)
* No. 2 Robert Stephenson, RHP
No. 15 Aristedes Aquino, OF
* No. 17 Sal Romano, RHP

Cleveland Indians (7)
* No. 5 Tyler Naquin, OF
* No. 12 James Ramsey, OF
* No. 15 Mike Clevinger, RHP
* No. 16 Shawn Morimando, LHP
No. 18 Luis Lugo, LHP
No. 22 Luigi Rodriguez, OF
No. 24 Claudio Bautista, 2B

Colorado Rockies (5)
* No. 8 Raimel Tapia, OF
* No. 11 Trevor Story, SS/2B
* No. 13 Antonio Senzatela, RHP
No. 27 Helmis Rodriguez, RHP
No. 28 Emerson Jimenez, SS

Detroit Tigers (5)
* No. 1 Michael Fulmer, RHP
* No. 11 Jairo Labourt, LHP
No. 15 Endrys Briceno, RHP
No. 21 Edgar De La Rosa, RHP
No. 25 Josh Turley, LHP

Houston Astros (11)
* No. 9 Joe Musgrove, RHP
No. 16 Reymin Guduan, LHP
No. 17 Teoscar Hernandez, OF
No. 18 Chris Devenski, RHP
* No. 19 David Paulino, RHP
No. 20 Danry Vasquez, OF
No. 22 Brady Rodgers, RHP
* No. 23 Andrew Aplin, OF
* No. 24 Nolan Fontana, INF
* No. 28 Jandel Gustave, RHP
No. 29 Kyle Smith, RHP

Kansas City Royals (8)
* No. 3 Kyle Zimmer, RHP
* No. 5 Bubba Starling, OF
No. 13 Elier Hernandez, OF
* No. 15 Alec Mills, RHP
No. 21 Christian Binford, RHP
* No. 25 Matthew Strahm, LHP
No. 27 Sam Selman, LHP
No. 28 Balbino Fuenmayor, 1B

Los Angeles Angels (3)
* No. 1 Victor Alcantara, RHP
No. 18 Alex Yarbrough, 2B
No. 30 Jose Briceno, C

Los Angeles Dodgers (3)
* No. 15 Jharel Cotton, RHP
* No. 22 Ross Stripling, RHP
No. 28 Scott Barlow, RHP

Miami Marlins (8)
* No. 2 Jarlin Garcia, LHP
* No. 11 Nick Wittgren, RHP
* No. 16 Austin Brice, RHP
No. 21 Matt Milroy, RHP
No. 24 Ivan Pineyro, RHP
No. 25 Chris Reed, LHP
No. 26 Miguel Del Pozo, LHP
No. 30 Victor Araujo, RHP

Milwaukee Brewers (2)
* No. 1 Orlando Arcia, SS
No. 22 Victor Roache, OF

Minnesota Twins (8)
* No. 10 Adam Brett Walker II, OF
* No. 11 J.T. Chargois, RHP
* No. 13 Taylor Rogers, LHP
No. 19 Travis Harrison, OF
No. 23 Zack Jones, RHP
No. 24 Jason Wheeler, LHP
* No. 27 Mason Melotakis, LHP
* No. 30 Yorman Landa, RHP

New York Mets (7)
* No. 2 Brandon Nimmo, OF
No. 12 Wuilmer Becerra, OF
* No. 16 Robert Gsellman, RHP
No. 19 Matt Bowman, RHP
No. 26 T.J. Rivera, SS
* No. 27 Seth Lugo, RHP
No. 28 Jayce Boyd, 1B

New York Yankees (4)
* No. 10 Rookie Davis, RHP
No. 16 Jake Cave, OF
No. 20 Miguel Andjuar, 3B
* No. 30 Ben Gamel, OF

Oakland A's (3)
* No. 16 Joe Wendle, 2B
No. 28 Bruce Maxwell, C
No. 29 Aaron Kurcz, RHP

Philadelphia Phillies (3)
* No. 6 Roman Quinn, OF
No. 14 Alberto Tirado, RHP
No. 20 Carlos Tocci, OF

Pittsburgh Pirates (6)
* No. 1 Tyler Glasnow, RHP
* No. 3 Josh Bell, 1B
* No. 7 Harold Ramirez, OF
No. 16 Barrett Barnes, OF
No. 17 Clay Holmes, RHP
No. 27 Luis Heredia, RHP

St. Louis Cardinals (8)
* No. 7 Charlie Tilson, OF
No. 11 Luis Perdomo, RHP
No. 12 Patrick Wisdom, 3B
No. 17 Jacob Wilson, 3B/2B
No. 19 Juan Herrera, SS
No. 23, Breyvic Valera, Util
No. 24 Chris Perry, RHP
No. 25 Zach Petrick, RHP

San Diego Padres (5)
* No. 1 Manuel Margot, OF
* No. 5 Jose Rondon, SS
No. 25 Rafael De Paula, RHP
No. 28 Justin Hancock, RHP
No. 30 Taylor Lindsey, 2B

San Francisco Giants (7)
* No. 6 Kyle Crick, RHP
* No. 9 Steven Okert, LHP
* No. 12 Adalberto Mejia, RHP
* No. 14 Chris Stratton, RHP
* No. 20 Ty Blach, LHP
* No. 21 Clayton Blackburn, RHP
No. 27 Joe Biagini, RHP

Seattle Mariners (3)
* No. 5 Patrick Kivlehan, 3B/1B
* No. 7 Boog Powell, OF
No. 16 Tyler Marlette, C

Tampa Bay Rays (6)
* No. 2 Blake Snell, LHP
* No. 6 Taylor Guerrieri, RHP
No. 24 Tyler Goeddel, OF
* No. 25 German Marquez, RHP
No. 26 Jake Hager, SS
No. 27 Patrick Leonard, 1B

Texas Rangers (6)
* No. 2 Nomar Mazara, OF
* No. 10 Yohander Mendez, LHP
* No. 19 Jose Leclerc, RHP
No. 23 Ronald Guzman, 1B
No. 24 Frank Lopez, LHP
No. 29 Drew Robinson, 2B/SS

Toronto Blue Jays (3)
No. 13 Dwight Smith, OF
No. 17 Matt Dean, 1B
No. 21 Andy Burns, 3B

Washington Nationals (5)
* No. 21 Spencer Kieboom, C
No. 22 Matt Skole, 3B/1B
* No. 23 Chris Bostick, 2B/OF
* No. 25 Nick Lee, LHP
No. 26 Raudy Read, C

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayo on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.