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Mets add four former B-Mets to 40-man roster

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To protect them from next month's Rule 5 Draft, the New York Mets have added Brandon Nimmo, Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, and Jeff Walters to the 40-man roster. All five spent part of the 2015 season with the Binghmaton Mets.

Remaining unprotected are some familiar names for B-Mets fans: 2014 EL Finals hero Jayce Boyd, Pan-Am Silver Medalist Paul Sewald, and fan favorite TJ Rivera.

The Rule 5 Draft prevents teams from stockpiling prospects in the minor leagues when other teams would have them on their major league rosters. If a player is selected in the Rule 5 Draft he must remain on the 25-man roster for the entire regular season or be offered back to his original team at half price. Reliever Sean Gilmartin was on the New York Mets roster in 2015 as a Rule 5 Draft Pick.

Nimmo hit .279 with 2 HR, 16 RBI, 12 doubles, and three triples in 68 games for the B-Mets in 2015 before a call up to Triple-A Las Vegas.

After trading away eight minor-league pitchers at the trade deadline, Gsellman became, arguably, the Mets top pitching prospect. In 16 starts with the B-Mets, he went 7-7 with a 3.51 ERA and 49 strikeouts across 92.1 innings pitched.

Lugo made 19 starts with Binghamton going 6-5 with a 3.80 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 109 innings.

Walters set the single season and franchise saves records both in 2013 when he recorded 38 saves in the B-Mets first playoff appearance in nine years. He played for Binghamton, St. Lucie, and the GCL Mets in 2015 on his recovery from Tommy John Surgery. In 17 appearances with the B-Mets this year he went 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA tallying 21 strikeouts in 18.1 innings.

The Rule 5 Draft is December 10th.