CLEVELAND — The Indians’ five open spots on their 40-man roster have now been filled.
The Tribe had until 6 p.m. ET on Friday to set their roster for the offseason, thus protecting players from the Rule 5 Draft, which takes place Dec. 10. Before the deadline, the Indians added infielders Nolan Jones, Ernie Clement and Gabriel Arias, and right-handers Eli Morgan and Carlos Vargas to the 40-man roster.
Jones was a certainty to be added to the 40-man roster, as he’s the club’s No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline and the Indians didn’t want to risk losing him to the Rule 5 Draft. The 22-year-old third baseman was a second-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. He spent the ’20 season at the Tribe’s alternate training site and went to Goodyear, Ariz., at the end of the season to participate in the team’s fall league.