Matt Wallach is one of several Dodgers minor leaguers who will be eligible for December's Rule 5 draft if they are not added to the 40-man roster today.

Dodgers Add Two To 40-Man Roster

The Dodgers currently have 37 players on their 40-man roster.

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Dodgers Add Two To 40-Man Roster

The Dodgers added two players to their 40-man roster today, protecting them from next month's Rule 5 draft. Catcher Hector Gimenez and relief pitcher Luis Vazquez were the two players added, bring the total number to 37 players on the Dodgers roster.

Gimenez is a 28-year old catcher who the Dodgers signed to a minor-league contract last week. He played two games for the 2006 Astros, going hitless in two at-bats. He spent the last two seasons in the Pirates organization, hitting .305/.384/.533 in Double A last season.

Vazquez, who turns 25 next April 3, was signed by the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic in 2007. The right-handed reliever was 3-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 37 games for Class A Great Lakes last season.

The Dodgers 40-man roster now has 37 players. So far this offseason, the Dodgers have re-signed Ted Lilly, Hiroki Kuroda, and Jay Gibbons, and also added outfielder Jamie Hoffmann to the 40-man roster as well. Hoffmann was taken in last year's Rule 5 draft, but was returned to the Dodgers by the Yankees in spring training.

For more Dodgers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Face 40-Man Roster Decisions

The Dodgers have a few roster decisions to make before tonight. The deadline for major league teams to set their 40-man rosters is tonight at 9 p.m. PST, in preparation for next month's Rule 5 draft. Any player placed on a 40-man roster as of tonight's deadline is ineligible to be selected.

Those who are eligible to be selected in the Rule 5 draft are essentially those drafted and/or signed in 2006 (if 18 years old or younger when signed) and 2007 (if 19 years or older). If a player gets selected in the Rule 5 draft, the selecting team must keep him on their major league roster (or disabled list) all season, or else they must offer him back to the original team after clearing waivers. Carlos Monasterios was a 2009 Rule 5 pick from the Phillies (via the Mets, in a trade) who stuck with the Dodgers all season in 2010.

The current Dodgers 40-man roster has 35 players:

Dodgers 40-Man Roster
Player 2011 Age* Service Time 2011 Salary
Pitchers (17)
Ronald Belisario 28 1.133 team control
Chad Billingsley 26 4.110 arb eligible
Jonathan Broxton 27 5.020 $7,000,000
Scott Elbert 25 0.100 team control
John Ely 25 0.101 team control
Javy Guerra 25 0.000 team control
Kenley Jansen 23 0.073 team control
Clayton Kershaw 23 2.105 team control
Hong-Chih Kuo 29 4.114 arb eligible
Hiroki Kuroda 36 3.000 $8,000,000
Brent Leach 28 0.090 team control
Ted Lilly 35 10.102 $7,500,000
Jon Link 27 0.047 team control
Carlos Monasterios 25 1.000 team control
Travis Schlichting 26 0.143 team control
George Sherrill 34 5.147 arb eligible
Ramon Troncoso 28 2.080 team control
Catchers (2)
A.J. Ellis 30 1.062 team control
Russell Martin 28 4.150 arb eligible
Infielders (9)
Casey Blake 37 8.138 $5,250,000
Jamey Carroll 37 8.020 $2,500,000
Ivan DeJesus 24 0.000 team control
Rafael Furcal 33 11.000 $12,000,000
Chin-lung Hu 27 1.016 team control
John Lindsey 34 0.028 team control
James Loney 27 4.012 arb eligible
Russ Mitchell 26 0.028 team control
Ryan Theriot 31 4.118 arb eligible
Outfielders (7)
Andre Ethier 29 4.153 $9,250,000
Jay Gibbons 34 7.057 $650,000
Jamie Hoffmann 26 0.025 team control
Matt Kemp 26 4.049 $7,100,000
Trent Oeltjen 28 0.087 team control
Xavier Paul 26 1.041 team control
Trayvon Robinson 23 0.000 team control
*age is as of June 30, 2011

Earlier this month on True Blue LA, Brandon Lennox analyzed the Dodgers minor leagues, and identified Justin Miller, a 2007 draftee, as the only must add. Miller is a 23-year old reliever, not to be confused with the 33-year old reliever of the same name who pitched for the Dodgers in 2010 and signed with Seattle earlier this week. Lennox listed the following players as possible additions to the Dodgers 40-man roster:

For more Dodgers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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