CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs added infielder Arismendy Alcantara and pitcher Dallas Beeler to their 40-man roster on Wednesday, the final day such moves can be made before the Rule 5 draft next month.
Alcantara, 21, made the all-star team for Double-A Tennessee and hit.271 with 15 home runs and 69 RBI while stealing 31 bases. He also appeared in the Futures Game, hitting a home run. Alcantara has been on the rise within the Cubs organization and should start 2014 at Triple-A Iowa.
Beeler, 24, threw well in the Arizona Fall League after going 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA at Double-A while dealing with injuries. In Arizona, he was 4-1 with a 2.49 ERA in six starts. He started the championship game and gave up one run in five innings. His performance in Arizona may have vaulted him onto the 40-man roster.
Being added to the 40-man roster means those players are ineligible to be taken by another team during the Rule 5 draft, which takes place Dec. 12, the final day of the winter meetings.
Not all players in the organization are eligible to be drafted -- only those with enough service time in the minors who aren’t on the 40-man roster. For example, prospects Kris Bryant, Javier Baez and Albert Almora can’t be taken because they haven’t logged enough service time.
The Cubs chose pitcher Hector Rondon last year from the Cleveland Indians in the Rule 5 draft, and he appeared in 45 games for Chicago. By rule, if a player is taken in the draft he must be put on his new team’s 25-man roster for the upcoming season and remain there for the year. He also can be sent back to the team from which he was selected at any time, for half of the $50,000 it cost to pick him up.
The Cubs’ 40-man roster now has 39 players on it.