The Red Sox must set their 40-man roster by 5 p.m. Tuesday in advance of the Rule 5 draft, which will take place Dec. 6 at the winter meetings in Nashville.
With the addition of catcher David Ross, the Sox currently have 39 players on the 40-man roster 23 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders, five outfielders, and a designated hitter. It is likely the Sox will make several roster moves to clear space on the 40-man before Tuesdays deadline.
Players are eligible for the Rule 5 draft if they are not on the 40-man roster by the deadline and were signed at age 19 or older and have been in the organization for four years or were signed at 18 or younger and have been in the organization for five years.
Some of the players in the Sox organization who could be exposed to the draft if they are not added include pitchers Josh Fields, Brock Huntzinger, Allen Webster, Alex Wilson and Steven Wright, catchers Dan Butler and Christian Vazquez, infielder Michael Almanzar, and outfielders Alex Hassan and Jeremy Hazelbaker.
If a player is selected in the Rule 5 draft, the selecting team gives 50,000 to the team from which the player was taken and the player must stay on the selecting teams 25-man roster for all of the next season. If the player does not stay on that teams 25-man roster, he must be offered back to the original team for 25,000. (There are also Triple-A and Double-A phases of the Rule 5 draft.)
Over the years, several notable players have been selected in the Rule 5 draft including Johan Santana, Jose Bautista, Josh Hamilton, Shane Victorino, and Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente.
BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins were supposed to hit the ice for the eighth day in a row on Tuesday following their empty 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on Monday afternoon, but those plans were scrubbed.
The reeling Black and Gold instead cancelled practice, with only Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes and Zane McIntyre taking the ice at Warrior Ice Arena and the rest of the B’s hitting the giant reset button after an embarrassing loss.
“I think it’s one of those [things] where you’ve got to regroup and recharge the batteries, and feel better,” said Patrice Bergeron. “Maybe a little bit of fatigue was part of it [Monday vs. the Isles] and you use a day like today to look forward, look at videos and be better the next day. It happens today and we have another game tomorrow [against Detroit].”
While it is true that the Bruins and Winnipeg Jets have played more games than anybody else in the NHL in this wacky season with a condensed schedule, the B’s leaders weren’t having it as an excuse with both the Maple Leafs and Senators holding an incredible six games in hand on Boston. Blown opportunities against bad opponents are exactly the recipe for missing the playoffs, as they have in each of the past two seasons, and the Bruins are tracking to do that again.
“All of the teams are in the same situation. It’s about managing and finding ways to be at your best every night and in every game. Yes, maybe [the condensed schedule] is part of it, but you can’t just put the blame on that. We’re professionals and we need to show up every game.”
The Bruins didn’t show up against the Islanders on Monday afternoon and basically pulled their second no-show vs. the Isles on home ice this season. There’s no excuse for that given the B’s current situation battling for the postseason.
Maybe a day off the ice will improve that situation and maybe it’s simply rewarding a team that didn’t earn it on Monday afternoon, but the B’s have to hope it’s much more of the former than the latter.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin indicated that stunts like Antonio Brown’s Sunday night video are the kind that get good players shipped out of town.
“He's a great player, respected largely in the locker room but incidents such as this don't help him in that regard,” said Tomlin told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette and others at a Tuesday press conference in Pittsburgh. “That's often why you see great players move from team to team. Don't want that to happen to Antonio Brown.”
Tomlin, who referred to the Patriots as “a--holes” after the Steelers beat Kansas City in a Divisional Playoff game, apologized for his profanity and the other off-color comments made in the 17-minute broadcast.
“Like to say the language on the video is regrettable, by me and by others,” Tomlin stated.” That's why we go to great lengths to preserve certain moments and interactions between us. As a parent, as a member of the community I take that very seriously. I issue an apology in that regard.”
Tomlin added that he has “absolutely no worries on the video's effect on the game, on the Patriots, on the Steelers. Game is too big.”
Returning to Brown – who has yet to address why he thought this was a great idea – Tomlin said, “It was foolish of him to do that, selfish and inconsiderate. It was violation of our policy, league policy. He has to grow from this. He works extremely hard, he's extremely talented and those things get minimized with incidents like this."