This afternoon, the team added RHP David Phelps, RHP D.J. Mitchell, OF Zoilo Almonte, INF Corban Joseph and INF David Adams to the 40-man roster. All five would have been eligible for the Rule 5 had they not been protected with a 40-man spot.
None of the five is a significant surprise. The only one who stands out is Adams, a third-round pick in 2008 who suffered an ankle injury in early 2010 and lost most of the past two seasons.
That said, the guy can hit. He’s hit .291/.375/.447 in the minor leagues, not a bad bat for a guy who’s primarily a second baseman, with some experience at third. He would have been a no-brainer for protection if not for the injury.
The other four seem to be fairly obvious decisions. Mitchell and Phelps are coming off strong Triple-A seasons, Almonte had a breakout season and Joseph is a solid utility candidate.