At the end of the day on November 19, anyplayer who signed with the club before December of 2007 has to be on the 40-Man Roster or is eligible for the Rule 5 draft. This draft takes place at the conclusion of the Winter Meetings and allows minor leaguers on the bubble to gain new life in the major leagues with a new club.
In preparation for this date, the Angels still have a slot remaining, with their 40-Man roster holding tight at 39 players. Earlier this month pitcher Bobby Mosebach was removed from the roster when he was outrighted to the minors. He was replaced on the roster by pitcher. The Angels also activated and from their stays on the 60-Day disabled list.
In the December 2008 draft, thedrafted Mosebach from the Angels, but returned him before the season began.
While this is the sum total of their moves so far, it may not be the end of their activity. 2010 saw injuries to two former top prospects Anthony Orega and. These two would be the most likely outrighting candidates if a current eligible Angels minor league player is seen as a risk of being drafted away in December. In addition to Carmona, , the bounty in August's trade to the , is the only member of the team's 40-Man Roster who has not played in the major leagues.
With nine players facing arbitration hearings and five catchers taking roster spots, the current group of 39 might not change much before Friday's deadline, but they will likely be quite different on the date of the next great roster firming up: Opening Day.