The deadline to add Rule-5 eligible players to 40-man rosters is tonight at 8 p.m. ET.
Eligible players left off the roster can be selected by another organization during the Rule 5 Draft, which is held each year at the MLB Winter Meetings in early-December.
According to MLB.com, the Mets have five players from their Top 30 Prospect list that are eligible, including Luis Guillorme, Jhoan Urena, Gerson Bautista, and Corey Oswalt.
Michael Mayer of MMO believes the team would be wise to also protect 24-year-old RHP Tyler Bashlor, who, though he is not ranked on MLB.com's top prospect list, struck out 84 batters in 49 innings between Double- and Single-A last season.
The team's current 40-man roster is at 35, meaning they can add five players without first needing to remove someone and exposing that player to waivers or making them a free agent.
I assume the Mets will add Guillorme, who has received a lot of attention of late due to his performance in the Arizona Fall League. He's also been injected in to trade talks by fans and media. I'm not sure what the interest level is for him outside the organization, but he's an intriguing player that has a clear value to the Mets. I'd also hate to see them lose Bautista and Oswalt, who will be needed in some way, shape or form during the next year or two...
I'm not familiar with Bashlor, but I respect Mayer's knowledge and opinion of the team's farm system. If he thinks they should protect this kid, I'm all for it. Otherwise, I think they'll leave a spot or two open on the 40-man, knowing they'll have to remove people as they make free agent and (hopefully) trade acquisitions as the winter moves on...