Phillies Add Four to 40-Man Roster

The Phillies added four players to their 40-man roster today, which protects them from December’s Rule 5 Draft.

The foursome includes outfielders Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan, catcher Tommy Joseph and left-hander Rob Rasmussen. It officially leaves the organization with 37 players on its 40-man roster, although that number will move to 39 once Marlon Byrd’s and Carlos Ruiz’s deals becomes official. Ruiz’s deal could be announced tomorrow.

Altherr, 22, hit .275 with 36 doubles, six triples, 12 home runs, 69 RBIs in 123 games with Class A Clearwater. He led the Florida State League in doubles and ranked in the top five in hits, triples and total bases. The Phillies selected him in the ninth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

Dugan, 23, hit a combined .291 with 24 doubles, four triples, 20 homers, 59 RBIs and an .858 OPS between Clearwater and Double-A Reading. The Phillies selected him in the second round in 2009, their top selection that year.

Joseph, 22, missed most of last season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley because of a concussion. The Phillies still hope he can become a frontline catcher, which is why they acquired him front the Giants in the Hunter Pence trade in July 2012. Joseph is healthy and playing Winter Ball in the Dominican Republic.

Rasmussen, 24, went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA in 28 games between Double-A Chatanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. They acquired him in August, when they traded Michael Young to the Dodgers.

Players first signed at 18 years old must be added to the 40-man roster within five seasons or they become eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. Players signed at 19 years or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $50,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft, which is Dec. 12 in Orlando, Fla. If that player doesn’t stay on the 25-man roster the entire season, he must be offered back to his former team for $25,000.

8 Comments

I hope MM doesn’t find a way to sneak back onto the team via Rule 5 pick. I can’t imagine there is a team out there who would want him in the minor league system….

Exactly how would MM sneak back onto the team via the Rule 5 Draft? This doesn’t make any sense.

Well…..let’s see…….one scenario would go something like this…… MM murders another player, gets plastic surgery, and assumes that player’s ID and Ruben (as he has always done overtly, covertly, or inadvertently) unwittingly picks him up in the Rule 5 draft. So you see… it could happen ;-{

erich: you know you love makey. lol

Micro Mart is my hero. He proves that the little guy can make it in this world. He proves that no matter how bad you suck at a job, you can still find work somewhere, that some idiot will hire you. He also proves that you don’t need to hit to be a Big League player….. By virtue of the fact he was on the roster, he showed us that stats were meaningless to Amaro before Amaro admitted it. If ever there is a holocaust, I’m sure MM and the roaches will be the only survivors…..

It’ll be nice to see some of these young position players this spring. Hopefully some of them will make it onto the MLB Top 100 Prospects list someday.

it looks like dugan and altherr have have a shot to develop into good major league players. joseph and the rastaman, i think are a waste of a roster spot

Joseph lost a year of development because of the concussion he sustained. I think that was one of the deciding factors for Ruben to overpay Chooch to keep in on the team. This will give him time to be the guy we all hoped he would be when the Phils traded Pence to the Giants for him. Plus he’ll have a great mentor to help him once he does make the team. Of course, Sebastian Valle could throw a monkey wrench into Ruben’s plans by having an insanely good Grapefruit League next March.

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