40 Man Implications of Trade Returns

I was asked a couple of times after the trades who was Rule 5 eligible of the prospects the Phillies got back in trades.  I will talk about the full 40 man and who needs spots and who could be gone when we get closer to September, but for now here is just who they got, when they need to be protected, and minor league options left.

Jorge Alfaro

  • Signed as an International Free Agent January 2010 (Age 16)
  • Added to 40 man roster November 2014
  • Two minor league options remaining

Nick Williams

  • 2nd round pick in 2012 draft (age 18)
  • Rule 5 eligible after 2016 season

Jake Thompson

  • 2nd round pick in 2012 draft (age 18)
  • Rule 5 eligible after 2016 season

Jerad Eickhoff

  • 15th round pick in 2011 draft (age 20)
  • Added to 40 man roster November 2014
  • Two minor league options remaining

Alec Asher

  • 4th round pick in 2012 draft (age 20)
  • Rule 5 eligible after 2015 season

Nick Pivetta

  • 4th round pick in 2013 draft (age 20)
  • Rule 5 eligible after 2016 season

Jimmy Cordero

  • Signed as an International Free Agent January 2012 (age 20)
  • Rule 5 eligible after 2015 season

Alberto Tirado

  • Signed as a July 2 eligible International Free Agent July 2011 (age 16)
  • Rule 5 eligible after 2016 season

This means that Alec Asher and Jimmy Cordero are the two players needing protection this offseason while Eickhoff and Alfaro automatically are on Phillies’ 40 man roster after the trade.

Author: Matt Winkelman

Matt Winkelman

Matt is originally from Mt. Holly, NJ, but after a 4 year side track to Cleveland for college he now resides in Madison, WI. His work has appeared on Phuture Phillies, The Good Phight, and TheDynastyGuru.

1 comment

  1. Pete Kozicky

    This seems to be implied but is right to assume barring catastrophic injury none could find themselves unprotected or even on the bubble? And we’re really just talking Asher and Cordero at that point. There seem to be a dozen guys like Cordero left unprotected every season, but there simply aren’t enough players worth keeping over him. Asher seems like he could get picked up as a near ready arm with above-average control of average stuff. He’s a little older but Eickhoff is way too talented to enter that discussion.

    Do you believe Asher has any potential for an uptick in shorter stints? I realize that’s not really the sort of pitcher he is but could he make a career for himself as a long – mid reliever?