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First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players

First Pitch: Today is the Deadline to Protect Rule 5 Players

Gregory Polanco will be added to the 40-man roster by the end of the day.

Today is the day for teams to protect players for the upcoming Rule 5 draft. Teams have until midnight to add players to the 40-man roster, or risk those players being exposed in the draft this December. The first time eligible players this year are high school players from the 2009 draft and college players from the 2010 draft.  The Pirates currently have four open spots on the 40-man roster. They could clear more spots if needed. Other teams will be clearing spots to protect their prospects, which means the Pirates could also use a spot to claim players on waivers, which they've done in previous years.

Two weeks ago I listed the eligible players and the guys who are likely to be protected. It's a guarantee that the Pirates will protect Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco. I'd say there's also a very strong chance they protect Joely Rodriguez and Casey Sadler. That would cover the four open spots on the 40-man...

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