Rangers prepare for Rule 5

The Texas Rangers have a deadline of 11 p.m. CST today to protect players from the Rule 5 draft.

In order for that to happen, the Rangers will move some eligible minor league prospects to the 40-man roster. Any players who are eligible, but aren't added to the 40-man roster, can be taken by other teams during the Dec. 11 draft.

Players eligible for the draft mostly include high school, international and college players signed in 2010.

Currently the Rangers have 38 players on the 40-man roster after the decision to trade the rights of right-handed starter Miles Mikolas and left-handed reliever Aaron Poreda to Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese League for cash.

The Rangers plan on adding catcher Jorge Alfaro, right-handed starters Luke Jackson and Jake Thompson to the 40-man roster.

With the club at 38, the team will have to release one player to make room for these three players.

Outfielders Jim Adduci, Daniel Robertson and utility man Adam Rosales are possible subtractions from the 40-man roster. It would seem with the Rangers in need of a power hitting left fielder, Robertson, who played in 70 games in 2014, could be gone.

Of course the Rangers could have a flurry of moves before the start of the Winter Meetings next month in San Diego with the club signing of major and minor league free agents.

The team is still in talks with the agent for right-handed starter Colby Lewis, who is a free agent. The two sides have exchanged numbers in terms of contract length and financial terms but nothing is finalized.

With the bullpen providing new manager Jeff Banister plenty of depth there isn’t a rush to sign lefty Neal Cotts, one of the better relievers for the Rangers last season.

GM Jon Daniels values Cotts but is pleased with some of the younger left-handed relievers he has on the staff. If Cotts is still on the free-agent market in mid-to-late December, maybe the Rangers take a look at him if the price fits.

As of now, the immediate goal is taking care of the young prospects in the system by moving them to the big club in a procedural move to protect them.