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Thursday is the deadline for teams to protect eligible players from the Rule 5 draft by adding them to the 40-man roster.

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Which prospects will the Pirates protect?  Which ones should they protect?  Which players will be removed from the roster, which currently stands at 38.  Vote now!  Vote often!!

Some of the players eligible for the Rule 5 draft:

Jameson Taillon
Nick Kingham
Elias Diaz
Willy Garcia
Stetson Allie
Gift Ngoepe
Jason Creasy
Keon Broxton
A.J. Morris
Andy Oliver
Mel Rojas
Yhonathan Barrios
Jose Osuna
Orlando Castro

The veterans whom the Pirates recently signed to minor league deals (including Brad Lincoln, Deolis Guerra, Blake Wood and Jeremy Bleich) are eligible, too.  Believe it or not, players like that have occasionally been selected.  Jose Tabata is eligible, too, as there is no maximum age.

Here are some players whose roster spots could or should be in jeopardy:

Brent Morel
Jaff Decker
Jake Elmore
Justin Sellers
Ramon Cabrera
Brent Morel
Rob Scahill
Preston Guilmet
Chaz Roe
Brent Morel