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Nationals have 40-man roster decisions to make

Nov 20, 2014 - Washington Post Blogs

Thursday midnight will bring one of those small deadlines that help shape baseball's offseason. The Nationals, like all 30 teams, must set their 40-man roster and protect players they wish to make ineligible for the Rule 5 draft, which takes place Dec. 11 in San Diego, the final day of the winter meetings.

Two kinds of players can be taken in the Rule 5 draft: those who have played four seasons and debuted as a professional after they turned 19, and those who were 18 at their debut and h...