The Marlins recently made some changes to the 40-man roster to get prepared for the upcoming Rule Five Draft.
The Marlins selected right-handers Arquimedes Caminero and Evan Reed to the 40-man roster on Friday, and Florida outrighted righty Brett Sinkbeil to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Marlins' 40-man roster is now at 39, with Dec. 6 being the deadline to outright players to the Minors.
Sinkbeil, who is unprotected and can be selected in next month's Rule 5 Draft...
Players eligible for the Rule 5 Draft who aren't on the 40-man roster can be selected by any other team. Once we get to the draft and should the Marlins select someone we will refresh everyone's memory about the conditions involved in selecting a player. But for now let's briefly discuss Brett Sinkbeil. Sinkbeil was the Marlins first round draft pick in 2006, the 19th player selected overall. As he has progressed through the organization his K/BB has steadily dropped with most of the decline due to his loss of control and his BB/9 rate steadily increasing. In his time in Triple-A he has averaged 4.6 BB/9 which is way too high for a reliever.
In fact things have been so bad for Sinkbeil he has fallen out of the Top 40 prospects for the Marlins, according to John Sickels at Minor League Ball. Sinkbeil will be 26 years-old when the 2011 season starts and there is still some time for him to turn things around, but he better get on it. It is possible that some team will take a chance on him in the Rule 5 Draft, but I doubt it. I don't think there is a team that will be willing to keep him on their 25-man roster all season. If he is selected, I'm guessing he will be returned to the Marlins pretty quickly.
Beinfest and company haven't had a very good batting average with first round picks and Sinkbeil appears to be the most recent of the selections that didn't work out. But as I said earlier, there is still some hope that he will but my Magic Eight Ball says "Outlook Not So Good." On the other hand, we are getting to Christmas miracle part of the year so...