Who Will Rays Protect From Rule 5 Draft?

Alex Colome is a player that could be protected.

Friday is the deadline for Major League teams to place players on the 40 Man roster to protect them from this year's Rule 5 Draft. The draft will be held on Dec. 8th as part of the Winter Meetings in Dallas, TX. The Rays have some notable names on their list of eligible players, and you can find it inside. Who do you think Rays should protect?

The Rays have some notable names on their list of eligible players. Among them are:

C/1B/OF Stephen Vogt---AAA Durham Bulls

RP Ryan Reid---AAA Durham Bulls

1B/3B Matthew Sweeney---AA Montgomery Biscuits

1B/OF Henry Wrigley---AA Montgomery Biscuits

2B Sean O'Malley---AA Montgomery Biscuits

3B Greg Sexton----Montgomery Biscuits

OF John Shelby---AA Montgomery Biscuits

OF Keyong Kang---AA Montgomery Biscuits

OF Isaias Velsquez---AA Montgomery Biscuits

OF Emeel Salem----AA Montgomery Biscuits

SP Nick Barnese---AA Montgomery Biscuits

SP Alex Colome---AA Montgomery Biscuits

SP Shane Dyer---AA Montgomery Biscuits

RP Marquis Fleming---AA Montgomery Biscuits

RP Frank De Los Santos---AA Montgomery Biscuits

RP Neil Schenk---AA Montgomery Biscuits

C Mayo Acosta---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

C Matt Hall---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

C Jake Jeffries---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

C Mark Thomas---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

C Alejandro Torres---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

1B Mike Sheridan---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

OF Anthony Scelfo---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

SP Chris Andujar---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

SP Joseph Cruz---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

RP Josh Satow---A+ Charlotte Stone Crabs

3B Julio Cedeno---A Bowling Green Hot Rods

SS Robi Estrada---A Bowling Green Hot Rods

SP Victor Mateo---A Bowling Green Hot Rods

SP Wilking Rodriguez---A Bowling Green Hot Rods

C Geraldo Olivares---Short Season A Hudson Valley Renegades

There may be a few others as well, but these are some of the names I came up with.

I think Vogt, Wrigley, Barnese, Colome and Fleming are very strong candidates for 40 Man roster addition.

Guys like Dyer and Kang I am on the fence about.

Who do you think the Rays will add in the next 36 hours? They currently have 5 open slots on the 40 Man Roster and could make moves to add more spots by designating guys like Andy Sonnanstine who they don't intend to tender contracts to.

They could also choose to keep a couple of spots open for potential free agent signings or perhaps a Rule 5 selection of their own. Either way, we should see some roster activity today and/or tomorrow.

I have started a thread in the forums for discussion.

Who Will Rays Protect From Rule 5 Draft?

John Gregg is the Publisher and Senior Editor of Rays Digest. You can follow him on Twitter at @JohnRGregg or @RaysDigest. He can also be reached via e-mail at raysdigest.com@gmail.com.

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