Blue Jays 40-man Roster Set

The Rule V draft always ends the winter meetings and is always a centerpiece of the meetings. Teams are always looking to pick up that sleeper player that will give their organization a boost with a very cheap price. The deadline to set the 40-man roster is nearing. The Blue Jays have two open spots on the 40-man roster and several worthy candidates? Will they add anyone? Will they outright anyone? Will the roster stand at a halt? InsideTheDome tells you right now!

The Toronto Blue Jays have purchased the contracts of right-hand pitcher Josh Banks and second baseman Ryan Roberts, adding them to the forty-man roster. There was no immediate word whether or not the Blue Jays outrighted any player(s) from their 40-man roster.

The 23-year-old Banks went 8-12 with a 3.83 ERA in twenty-seven starts in 2005 with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. In 162.1 innings, Banks issued just eleven walks and struck out 145 batters. The right-hander allowed two runs or less in fourteen of his twenty-seven starts this past season. In 380 career innings he has issued just fifty-seven walks.

Roberts, who turned twenty-five in September, began the 2005 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays and hit .287 with nine home runs and thirty-five runs batted in over his first forty-two games. Roberts then received a promotion to Double-A New Hampshire and batted .272 with fifteen home runs and forty-four RBI in ninety-two games. The Blue Jays sent their second base prospect to play in the Arizona Fall League, and in twenty-seven games with the Peoria Saguaros, Roberts batted .260 with five home runs and fifteen runs batted in.

Last month the Blue Jays purchased the contracts of two players, right-hand pitcher Ryan Houston and third baseman Rob Cosby.

There was no immediate word whether or not the Blue Jays outrighted any player(s) from their 40-man roster, however, they did not have to since they had two open spots. If the club did not outright any players, then their 40-man roster is currently filled. In order for a club to make a selection in the Major League portion of the Rule V draft, they must have room on their 40-man roster.

In the Rule 5 draft, any club may draft a player who has three or four years of minor league service – depending on the players' age when he signed the contract. If a team claims a player, he must stay on his new team's major league roster all year, or be offered back to his original club.

Rosters have to be submitted by today to the league office, and clubs will have till December 8, the date of the Rule V draft to review the list.

Two notable players left unprotected that a major league club could realistically draft are right-handers Jamie Vermilyea and Bubbie Buzachero.

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