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Mariners must set 40-man roster by 9 p.m. Tuesday and other notes

On Tuesday at 8:59 p.m., the Mariners will have to finalize their 40-man roster to protect certain players from the Rule 5 draft. They have 37 players on the 40-man roster of Monday

So which players in the Mariners system are eligible for the Rule 5 draft?

From the Mariners' Jeff Evans ...

A player must be added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft if the following are met…

After 4 or 5 years as a professional, a player must be added to his club’s 40-man roster or exposed to the 29 other clubs in the Rule 5 draft.

A club has 5 years to evaluate a player who signs his first pro contract at 18 years old or younger, but only 4 years to decide on a player who signs at age 19. For purposes of calculating years as a pro, the counting begins the day a player signs his first pro contract, not the season he begins to play.

So, a high school player (or someone of that age 18 or younger) drafted in 2008 must be added to the 40-man roster this season. A college player (likely falls under the 19 or older category) who was drafted in 2009 (and signed that season) would be eligible.Here's a list of a few players who the Mariners might choose to protect, and who might be of value to another team.

  • Denny Almonte, OF
  • Andrew Carraway, RHP
  • Vinnie Catricala, INF/OF
  • Joe Dunigan, 1B/DH
  • Daniel Farquhar, RHP
  • Anthony Fernandez, LHP
  • Steve Hensley, RHP
  • James Jones, OF
  • Bobby LaFromboise, LHP
  • Brandon Maurer, RHP
  • Brian Moran, LHP
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