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Players added to the 40-man Roster

Mbaamin is exactly right that two players from the 2003 draft have been added to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft.

On Tuesday, Florida purchased the contracts of outfielder Jai Miller and reliever Scott Nestor, meaning they are in line to attend Spring Training with the Major League club. Both spent this past season at Double-A Carolina before taking part in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Saguaros. The Marlins' 40-man roster now stands at 37.

I meant to mention yesterday that transactions were very likely since it was the final day to set the 40-man roster before the Rule 5 draft, but I forgot.

Since the Marlins only have 37 players on the 40-man roster they can enter into the Rule 5 draft, if they so choose.  If a team has a full 40-man roster, they are prohibited from participating.  Once a player is chosen in the draft they are immediately added to the 40-man roster and if a team doesn't have an available slot they can't pick a player.  All roster moves have to be made ahead of time.

Of course, that doesn't mean the Marlins are going to select anyone at the Winter Meetings, but if they want to, they can.

The Marlins 40-man roster