Rays Protect Five Players From Rule 5 Draft


The Rays stared down their annual dilemma as Tuesday’s reserve list deadline approached, needing to protect a small horde of talented prospects from the Rule 5 Draft but lacking the 40-man roster space to keep them all. Tampa Bay’s front office worked through the roster crunch by doing a little bit of everything. The Rays traded from their Major League roster, their big league depth and their class of Rule 5-eligible prospects, then designated three players for assignment — including recent rotation mainstay Ryan Yarbrough — to make room for the addition of five prospects: notably , right-handed starter Taj Bradley and slugging infielder Curtis Mead alongside Osleivis Basabe, Greg Jones and Colby White.