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.
The Patriots and Rob Gronkowski have restructured the tight end’s contract for the coming season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The reworked deal can bump Gronkowski’s salary for the 2017 season from $5.25 million to $10.75 million, according to Schefter.
Gronkowski was limited by injury to just eight games last season. He had 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns, all of which were career lows.
The 28-year-old is entering his eighth NFL season since being selected by the Pats in the second round of the 2010 draft. He has played played in at least 15 regular-season games in four of his first seven season, though he’s twice played fewer than 10.
Tuesday’s announcement from Roger Goodell that the NFL is “relaxing” its rules on celebrations is good news for at least one Patriot.
That would be Brandin Cooks, who began celebrating the rule change on Twitter not long after the league made its announcement.
Cooks, whom the Patriots acquired from the Saints this offseason in a trade that sent first and third-round picks to New Orleans, lost his favorite celebration last season when it was made clear that miming archery was off-limits. Josh Norman was fined $10,000 last season for such a celebration.
Following Norman’s fine, Cooks lamented the league’s decision to punish what Cooks had previously done in reference to a Bible verse (Psalms 144:6).
"Send forth lightning and scatter your enemy, and shoot your arrows and rout them," Cooks told the New Orleans Advocate. "I just remember it sticking with me for such a long time, I remember thinking, maybe I can do something with this."
Added Cooks: ”I’ve been doing it for three years now, and there was never a complaint about it. Now, all of a sudden, there is. It just reminds me that, it's almost as if they try to take so much away from us, but for something like this, that means so much to someone that has nothing to do with violence, it's frustrating. I'll definitely continue to speak my opinion about it, and if they have a problem with it, so be it."
When Tuesday’s news emerged, Cooks and former Saints teammate Mark Ingram were quick to react.