Pirates Trade Anderson, Add Four to 40-Man Roster

The Pirates protected four prospects from the Rule 5 draft

Shelby Cassesse
November 20, 2018 - 9:06 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pirates protected four prospects from the Rule 5 draft by adding them to their 40-man roster ahead of Tuesday's 8 p.m. deadline. 

In order to clear one roster spot, the Pirates also traded right-handed pitcher Tanner Anderson for a player to be named later or cash to the Oakland Athletics. 

Pitchers J.T. Brubaker, Mitch Keller, as well as infielder Cole Tucker and outfielder Jason Martin were protected from the Rule 5 draft, which allows teams with open roster spaces to select certain players not on the 40-man roster of other organizations. Eligibility depends on a player's age and experience. Players drafted out of college in 2015, players drafted out of high school in 2014 and international amateurs signed in the 2014-15 period are eligible for the Rule 5 draft if they are not added to their team's 40-man roster. The draft will take place on the final day of the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.

Brubaker split the 2018 season between AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis. He went 10-6 with a 2.81 ERA.

A second round draft pick in 2014, Keller played with Indianapolis, Altoona and Bradenton last season, going 12-4 with a 3.48 ERA.

Tucker spent the entire 2018 season in Altoona, playing in 133 games and batting .259 with 134 hits, 77 runs, 44 RBI and 5 homeruns. 

Between Indianapolis and Altoona, Martin played in 127 games, batting .274 with 128 hits, 69 runs, 55 RBI and 13 homeruns.

The Pirates now have 40 players on the current roster.