Boston Red Sox roster moves: Bobby Dalbec, C.J. Chatham among 5 players added to 40-man roster

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Boston Red Sox roster moves: Bobby Dalbec, C.J. Chatham among 5 players added to 40-man roster

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The Red Sox added five players -- infielders Bobby Dalbec and C.J. Chatham, left-handed pitchers Kyle Hart and Yoan Aybar and outfielder Marcus Wilson -- to their 40-man roster Wednesday, according to a team announcement.

The moves protect all five players from next month’s Rule 5 draft, ensuring other clubs can’t poach them from the organization. Boston made no trades or cuts before the 8 p.m. deadline to protect players and its 40-man roster now sits at 39 players.

Dalbec (No. 2), Chatham (No. 9), Wilson (No. 18), Hart (No. 28) and Aybar (No. 30) are all ranked among Boston’s top 30 prospects, according to MLB.com. Right-handed pitcher Eduard Bazardo (No. 26) was the only top 30 prospect to go unprotected and is now a candidate to be taken in the Rule 5 draft.

Dalbec, who has experience at both corner infield spots, is a candidate for the major league roster in 2020 while Chatham, who is blocked at shortstop by Xander Bogaerts, could shift to another position or be used as trade bait. Wilson, 23, was acquired from the Diamondbacks in the trade that sent Blake Swihart to Arizona in April. Hart, a former 19th-round pick, provides rotation depth after a solid season at Portland and Pawtucket in 2019.

Aybar is the farthest from the majors among the players added to the roster. The 22-year-old has not reached higher than High-A.

The most notable players who went unprotected were Bazardo, first basemen Pedro Castellanos and Josh Ockimey, and pitcher Jonathan Diaz. SoxProspects.com ranks five unprotected players among its top 60 prospects: Castellanos (No. 21), Bazardo (No. 25), Diaz (No. 38), Ockimey (No. 45) and left-hander Emmanuel De Jesus (No. 55).

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