Today was the deadline for the Minnesota Twins to round out their 40 man roster in hopes of protecting players from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. With a stacked farm system, there was expected to be some very big names added to the 40 man. With only four spots open however, there was also going to be some notable names left off.
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Thanks to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, we now know that the Twins have decided to add Miguel Sano, Alex Meyer, Eddie Rosario, and Jason Wheeler to the 40 man roster. With those moves, none of the four mentioned players can be drafted in this year’s Rule 5 draft and now the Twins 40 man roster is also full.
The first three names noted were locks to be added, however Wheeler is a surprise for many Twins fans. Levi Michael a former first round pick for the Twins, has been left unprotected, as well as Sean Gilmartin.
Hopefully the Twins added Wheeler in seeing more out of him, or possibly in hopes that none of the other mentioned players would be selected. It will now be interesting to see how this plays out and if any Twins farm talent is on the move.
If you recall, former Twins pitcher Scott Diamond was acquired through the Rule 5 draft.
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