Nationals add Chris Marrero, two relievers to 40-man roster
The Nationals added three players to their 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 draft, and in the process they lost Juan Jaime, a promising right-handed pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The Nationals added to their 40-man roster Class AA Harrisburg first baseman Chris Marrero and right-handed pitchers Adam Carr and Cole Kimball, a former first-round pick and a pair of relievers who last pitched for Harrisburg and impressed during their stay in the Arizona Fall League.
If the Nationals had not made room on the 40-man roster for those players, they would have risked losing them in the Rule 5 draft because of their experience. Players become eligible for the Rule 5 draft if they are not on a major league team's 40-man roster and have either been with their original team for four years after signing at an age older than 18 or if they signed at 18 or younger and have been with the organization for five years.
The Nationals made room for the three players by removing Jaime from the 40-man roster earlier this week. They already lost him to the Diamondbacks, who today claimed Jaime on outright waivers. Jaime, 23, had a 2.42 ERA in 111 2/3 innings mostly as a starter in the lowest rungs of the minor leagues, reaching Hagerstown at the end of 2009. He missed all of 2010 after undergoing ligament-replacement surgery.
The Nationals now have a full 40-man roster, meaning they will need to release more players if and when they add free agents.
The Nationals may be taking a slight risk in making Class AA pitcher Brad Meyers available in the Rule 5 draft. He has been with the Nationals long enough to qualify for the Rule 5 draft. Meyers was the Nationals' top pitching prospect before Stephen Strasburg was drafted and a foot injury limited Meyers to six starts last season.
The Nationals, in effect, are hoping Meyer's relative inexperience and his injury prevents another team from carrying them on their active roster all season. Even if Meyers is taken by another team, he will return to the Nationals if that team does not keep him in the majors for the entirety of the 2011 season.
One more note about these minor transactions for the most die-hard Rule 5 geek: I initially thought Brad Peacock needed to be on the 40-man, since the Nats drafted him as an 18-year-old in 2006. But he was a draft-and-follow and did not sign until 2007, meaning he still has one more year to go before he's eligible.
| November 19, 2010; 6:30 PM ET
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