As the Rule 5 Draft approaches, all 30 Major League Baseball clubs were responsible for setting their 40-man rosters before 8 PM ET on Tuesday so that certain players will not be eligible to be drafted by other teams come the last day of Winter Meetings in December.
Before Tuesday, the Red Sox’s 40-man roster hovered at 35 with some prevalent prospects yet to be added.
That all changed this evening when the Red Sox sent out a press release/tweet announcing the following roster transactions:
Players such as the organization’s top prospect Michael Chavis, LHP Darwinzon Hernandez, and RHP Travis Lakins being added to the 40-man do not come as much of a surprise.
RHP William Cuevas, who appeared in nine games, one of which was a start, for the Red Sox in 2018, was released so that he could pursue an opportunity overseas with the KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization.
RHP Austin Maddox, who made the ALDS roster for Boston back in 2017, was essentially cut from the 40-man, as he was outrighted to Triple A Pawtucket.
And finally, other than the trade for RHP Colten Brewer that you can read bout here, the Red Sox also added LHP Josh Taylor and RHP Denyi Reyes, two pitching prospects, to their major league roster to wrap up a crazy day around baseball.
With the club’s current 40-man roster now standing at 39 players, it is a bit puzzling why one spot was left empty.
1B Josh Ockimey, 23 and ranked as Boston’s 10th best prospect on MLB.com, hit 20 home runs and collected 70 RBI in 117 games between Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket, but was left off the 40-man roster.
Unless Ockimey’s shortcomings, such as a .460 OPS against left-handed pitchers at the Triple A level, are enough to keep teams away, it would not be a shock if the 2014 fifth round pick is selected in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
Anyway, keep in mind that the roster you see before you is far from concrete.
With the possibility of names such as Nathan Eovaldi, Joe Kelly, and Craig Kimbrel coming back as well as other free agents, moves will need to be made in order to get those players a spot on the 25-man roster. Meaning that there is much more to come, so stay tuned for that.
Also, if you want to check out more about the prospects listed above, here is MLB.com’s list of the top 30 prospects in the Red Sox’s system.