The Mets added RHPs Josh Stinson and Armando Rodriguez, 3B Zach Lutz and INF Jordany Valdespin - to the 40-man roster to protect them from the rule 5 draft that will occur during the Winter Meetings on Dec 9th. The Mets had until yesterday to set the 40 man roster which now stands at 36. If my math is correct the Mets will pick 11th this year. Of course these picks are usual a filler for the roster but the Mets did pick Darren O'Day. Due to there roster botching the Mets let him go and he made it to the World Series with the Rangers. Mini bio's are below.
The 22 year old Stinson was promoted to the Bisons near the end of the 2010 season where he went 2-2 with a ERA of 2.57 with 21 K's in 22 innings. In 2009 he was mostly used as a reliever but he went back and forth during the '10 campaign with the B Mets. He was a pick in the 2006 draft.
Rodriguez struck out 152 in 146 innings for the Mets Savannah team in 2010.
Lutz played most of the year for Tim Tuefel in Binghamton where he hit .289 clocked 12 homers and played a solid 3rd base. The 24 year old played a handful of games for the Bisons to close out the season.
Valdespin played for the St Lucie Mets and the Binghamton Mets in 2010 at Short and 2nd Base. The light hitting 22 year old infielder had a tough time transitioning in the field playing for the B Mets where he made 9 errors in just 28 games.
The Rule 5 draft allows teams to select players not on other teams’ 40-man rosters and add them to their own.
The players must be kept on the selecting team’s 25-man roster out of spring training or be offered back to the original team for half the selection price, or $25,000. Teams can pick anyone signed when they were 19 or older who have spent three full seasons in the organization, and anyone signed at 18 or older who have spent four full seasons in the organization. Last year the Mets sent there pick to the Dodgers.
**** Dec 9th check out our newest post and get the skinny on who the Mets picked this year here