San Francisco Giants Add Five Players To 40-Man Roster

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Mar 5, 2015; Surprise, AZ, USA; Kansas City Royals infielder Orlando Calixte (16) at bat in the sixth inning during a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

With the Rule 5 Draft coming up on December 8th, the San Francisco Giants had a bit of roster maintenance to take care of. They added five players to their 40-Man Roster to protect them from being taken in this year's Rule-5 Draft.

The San Francisco Giants lost a gem in Joe Biagini during last season's Rule-5 Draft. While the Giants needed bullpen help, Biagini was playing a significant role in the Toronto Blue-Jay's bullpen. In 60 innings, he kept an ERA around three, and struckout 62 while walking 19. The Giants were determined not to lose another potentially valuable prospect like that.

This year,they protected four by adding them to the roster: Orlando Calixte, Chase Johnson, Reyes Moranta, Miguel Gomez and Dan Slania. Calixte was a top prospect in the Royals organization for a few years and the Giants signed him this week. Chase Johnson is intriguing, as he made a switch to the pen this season after struggling in Richmond as a starter. Moranta is rocketing up the Giants' ranks, and according to McCovey Chronicles, "is a pitcher who starts in Double-A and ends in the Majors before you've heard of him." Slania is also a solid pitching prospect.

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Here is a complete listing of the San Francisco Giants' current 40-Man Roster:

Pitchers (24)

Ty Blach, Ray Black, Clayton Blackburn, Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Kyle Crick, Johnny Cueto, Ian Gardeck, Cory Gearrin, Joan Gregorio, Chris Heston, Chase Johnson, George Kontos, Derek Law, Matt Moore, Reyes Moranta, Steven Okert, Josh Osich, Jeff Samardzija, Dan Slania, Will Smith, Chris Stratton, Hunter Strickland, Albert Suarez

Catchers (2)

Trevor Brown, Buster Posey,

Infield (8)

Ehire Adrianza, Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford, Connor Gillaspie, Miguel Gomez, Eduardo Nunez, Joe Panik, Kelby Tomlinson

Outfield (6)

Orlando Calixte, Gorkys Hernandez, Jarrett Parker, Hunter Pence, Denard Span, Mac Willamson

If the Giants are going to make a trade, or sign somebody, they'll need room on that 40-man roster.

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