Feb 21, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Felipe Paulino (59) poses for a picture during photo day at the Royals Spring Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals Make Several Moves Before Rule 5 Deadline


 

With the Rule 5 deadline looming, the Kansas City Royals made four additions to the 40-man roster and three subtractions in an effort to protect some of their at risk minor league talent.

Christian Colon, Cheslor Cuthbert, Lane Adams and Michael Mariot were all added to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft. Irving Falu and Noel Arguelles were each designated for assignment, which now exposes them to the Rule 5 draft.

 

 

Felipe Paulino opted for free agency as opposed to going down to the minors. Paulino has been plagued by injuries in his time with Kansas City, so it is not a surprise the Royals decided to part ways with him. He also would have been required to be on the 25-roster if the Royals had kept him because he is out of options. The Royals hands were tied with him.

The additions of Colon, Adams and Mariot are not a surprise as each of them would likely have been selected in the Rule 5 draft. They each may also have a role on the 2014 Royals teams as backups or potential replacements in case of an injury.

There is a little bit of surprise that Cuthbert was added only because it is hard to find a scenario where he would have lasted on a major league team’s 25-man roster for a full season. Still, it is probably a good thing the Royals did not risk his exposure to the Rule 5 draft. There is a chance Cuthbert will be considered a top 10 prospect in the Royals system when everyone’s lists are released.

As far as Royals who could end up being selected in the Rule 5 draft, JJ Cooper of Baseball America suggested Brian Fletcher.

 

The Rule 5 draft will be conducted during the winter meetings in December. Kansas City has one open spot remaining on their 40-man roster.

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