SEATTLE MARINERS

Mariners stand pat at Rule 5 roster deadline — see who is left unprotected

Nov 20, 2019, 4:37 PM
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto...
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto's quiet offseason remained quiet on Wednesday. (Getty)
(Getty)

One offseason deadline for the Mariners is officially in the books as teams were required to set their 40-man rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft by 5 p.m. Wednesday. For the Mariners, it was a quiet deadline day as they did not add any players to their 40-man. As a result, a number of interesting names have been left unprotected for the Rule 5 draft, which will take place Dec. 12 during the Winter Meetings in San Diego.

Video: Brian DeLunas joins Mariners Talk | Takeaways from the interview

Per baseball’s rules, any player who was 19 or older on the June 5 immediately preceding the signing of his first contract is eligible for selection on the fourth Rule 5 draft following his first qualified season, as long as he is not on a team’s 40-man roster by that year’s deadline. Players who were 18 or younger when they signed wait until the fifth Rule 5 draft following their first qualified season.

The Mariners placed a number of Rule 5 eligible players, including Kyle Lewis, Justin Dunn and Art Warren, on the 40-man roster before calling them up late last season. Notable players left unprotected this year include Ljay Newsome, who posted a 3.54 ERA with 169 strikeouts and just 17 walks in 28 starts split mostly between High-A Modesto and Arkansas in 2019, outfielder Dom Thompson-Williams, who was acquired from the Yankees last year in the James Paxton trade, and reliever Jack Anderson.

The Mariners selected Brandon Brennan in the Rule 5 draft last year and are expected to make a selection in the Major League portion of the draft once again this year. Teams must pay $100,000 to select a player in the Rule 5 draft, and then that player either must (A) stay on the active roster for the entire season, or (B) get offered back to his former team for $50,000. With a 26-man active roster in the MLB expected in 2020, it will be interesting to see if more teams partake in the Rule 5 draft and if we see more position players selected.

With no moves made at the deadline, Seattle’s 40-man roster remains at 35. Up next on the baseball calendar is the tender deadline, which falls on Dec. 2.

Follow 710 ESPN Seattle’s Shannon Drayer on Twitter.

Click here for more from Shannon Drayer

Date Starting Pitcher
Wednesday, September 28 @ 6:40 pm

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Chance Light Rain
High 68° | Low 55°
Roof is open
Rangers at Mariners today at 6:40pm

Seattle Mariners

Mariners Adam Frazier...
The Associated Press

Mariners’ late slide continues with 5-0 loss to Texas Rangers

Top prospect Josh Jung hit two home runs and finished with five RBIs, and the Mariners continued slumping in their quest for a postseason berth with a 5-0 loss to Texas.
1 day ago
Mariners Eugenio Suárez Julio Rodríguez...
Brent Stecker

Mariners Notebook: Eugenio Suárez returns to DH; Julio’s awards start

Eugenio Suárez will rejoin the Mariners from the injured list on Tuesday night. Details on that and the first season award going to rookie phenom Julio Rodríguez.
1 day ago
Mariners Jarred Kelenic...
Shannon Drayer

Drayer: Is Mariners’ Jarred Kelenic finally letting the game come to him?

In four games back with the Mariners, Jarred Kelenic is showing positive adjustments and giving the M's a boost when they need it the most.
1 day ago
Mariners Ty France Mitch Haniger...
Mike Salk

Salk: 5 keys for Mariners to finish playoff push in final 10 games

The Mariners are closing in on clinching a playoff spot, but they're coming off a brutal road trip. Mike Salk breaks down what they need to do.
1 day ago
Mariners...
Brandon Gustafson

Rowland-Smith: Mariners’ ‘big wake-up call’ may be what they needed

Former pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith joined Wyman & Bob and explained why Sunday's stunning Mariners loss to the Royals may be a good thing.
1 day ago
Mariners Luis Castillo...
The Associated Press

Mariners believe rotation set for future after Luis Castillo deal

In the middle of putting the finishing touches on the largest and most complex contract in franchise history, the Mariners began discussions about another impact deal.
2 days ago
Mariners stand pat at Rule 5 roster deadline — see who is left unprotected