Red Sox Announce Addition of Three Players to 40-Man Roster, Thus Protecting Trio From Rule 5 Draft

Garin CecchiniThe Red Sox’ 40-man roster is officially at 39.

The Red Sox, as expected, announced Wednesday that outfielder Bryce Brentz, pitcher Anthony Ranaudo and third baseman Garin Cecchini have been added to the 40-man roster, thus protecting the trio from next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The deadline for teams to set their 40-man roster is midnight Wednesday. Eligible minor leaguers who are not added to their team’s 40-man roster before the deadline will be left unprotected for the Rule 5 draft, which is scheduled to take place on the final day of the winter meetings (Dec. 12).

The following Red Sox minor leaguers will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft, assuming that the club doesn’t add anyone else to the 40-man roster before midnight Wednesday.

Mario Alcantara, Michael Almanzar, Chris Balcom-Miller, Carson Blair, Chris Carpenter, Keith Couch, William Cuevas, Keury De La Cruz, Luis Diaz, Leonel Escobar, Derrik Gibson, Dreily Guerrero, Jayson Hernandez, Chris Hernandez, Peter Hissey, Aaron King, Aaron Kurcz, Tommy Layne, Juan Carlos Linares, Mario Martinez, Mike McCoy, Heiker Meneses, Boss Moanaroa, Yunior Ortega, Oscar Perez, Mathew Price, Nate Reed, David Renfroe, Pete Ruiz, Felix Sanchez, Kyle Stroup, Francisco Taveras, Raynel Velette, Jose Vinicio, Kolbrin Vitek, Stefan Welch, Shannon Wilkerson, and Madison Younginer.

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