The M’s made six additions and one subtraction from their 40 man roster today. To protect them from the rule 5 draft, the M’s added pitchers Bobby Livingston, Cesar Jimenez, Emiliano Fruto, Renee Cortez, shortstop Oswaldo Navarro, and outfielder T.J. Bohn.
To clear a spot, Ramon Santiago was released. He will now pick it up and throw it for some other team.
The Cortez selection is the only one I’m surprised by. They like him more than I do, I guess.
The glaring omission here is Asdrubal Cabrera, who I believe, based on his time in the Venezuelan Summer Leagues, is eligible to be selected in the upcoming rule 5 draft. And, if I’m right about that (I’m checking), then I’m almost certain he will be. Other players omitted who could be selected include Jeff Heavero, Sean Green, Luis Valbuena, Edgar Guaramato, and Nathanal Mateo.
Edit: Okay, it appears that Cabrera is not eligible. He was signed to a 2003 contract as a 16-year-old on August 26, 2002. Since he was signed before he turned 18, the team receives a fourth year of protection before being required to add him to the fourty man. Had he signed a 2002 contract, he would be eligible. But apparently he’s not. So good news there.