With the 8:00 PM deadline approaching, the Phillies finalized their 40-Man Roster for the Rule 5 Draft.
The Phillies chose to protect 11 players from their minor league system, and therefore had to remove three players to make room. LHP Elvis Araujo was not only outrighted but immediately claimed off waivers by the Miami Marlins. In addition, RHP David Buchanan and RHP Jimmy Cordero were designated for assignment.
The newly protected players are RHP Mark Appel, C Andrew Knapp, LHP Ben Lively, OF Nick Williams, OF Dylan Cozens, LHP Elniery Garcia, RHP Ricardo Pinto, RHP Nick Pivetta, 2B Jesmuel Valentin, RHP Drew Anderson, and RHP Alberto Tirado.
The 40-man stood at 32 players at the beginning of the day. Three deletions and 11 additions bring the total to 40 players. Looks like the Phillies will not be active participants in the Rule 5 draft next month.