On deadline day to protect prospects from selection in the Rule 5 draft, the Orioles made more subtractions to their 40-man roster than additions.
Before Tuesday night’s deadline, Baltimore did not add any minor league players to its 40-man roster, meaning all eligible players will be available to other teams in next month’s Rule 5 draft, although none of the Orioles’ top 30 prospects, according to Baseball America, were left exposed.
Instead, the only moves on Baltimore’s roster Tuesday were utility player Terrin Vavra and left-hander Tucker Davidson to Triple-A Norfolk, leaving four openings on the 40-man roster. Vavra made the Orioles’ Opening Day roster, hitting .245 with no extra-base hits. in 27 major league games, but missed much of the year with a right shoulder injury. Davidson was claimed off waivers from the Kansas City Royals last month and agreed last week to terms of a contract that fixed his salary for any time spent in the minors.
Generally, players drafted out of high school or signed as international amateurs in 2019 or drafted out of college in 2020 are eligible for this year’s Rule 5 Draft. Held at the end of the winter meetings, the draft allows teams to acquire players not on other organizations’ 40-man rosters, although draft teams must keep these players in the majors throughout the entire season. season or offer them back to their original club. . Baltimore outfielder Anthony Santander and right-hander Tyler Wells are former Rule 5 selections.
The Orioles had few players to protect, as most of the important players who would have been eligible for the first time this winter are already on the 40-man roster, including Gunnar Henderson, Heston Kjerstad and Jordan Westburg. Baltimore’s 2019 fifth-round draft pick out of a Texas high school, infielder Darell Hernaiz was added Tuesday to the 40-man roster of the Oakland Athletics, who acquired Hernaiz for pitchers Cole Irvin and Kyle Virbitsky in last offseason.
The most notable player the Orioles left unprotected was outfielder Hudson Haskin, their 2020 second-round pick who underwent season-ending surgery on his left hip in July. Right-handers Jean Pinto, acquired from the Los Angeles Angelos for shortstop José Iglesias in December 2020, and Ryan Watson, an undrafted free agent after the shortened 2020 draft who was the 2022 Pitcher of the Year minor league Baltimore, are also eligible for the first. time.