In an effort to distract myself, I thought I’d mention that tomorrow is when teams must finalize their 40-man rosters as far as the protection of minor leaguers from December’s Rule 5 Draft is concerned.

I’ll predict, in what’s probably the strangest Rule 5 winter ever because of the changes made to the Collective Bargaining Agreement less than a month ago, that Texas will add two players to the roster tomorrow: righthander Omar Beltre (who was on the roster last winter but transferred to the restricted list during the season) and lefthander A.J. Murray. There are several other solid candidates, but I’ll stick with those two.

For a discussion on how the process works and why I chose Beltre and Murray, there’s a nine-page analysis (“The 40-Man Conundrum”) in the 2007 Bound Edition of the Newberg Report.

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