Lester, Moss added to 40-man roster

Lester, Moss added to 40-man roster

BOSTON -- The Red Sox submitted their 40-man roster on Friday, making several tweaks, including the additions of left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Brandon Moss, who are considered to be two of the top prospects in the organization.

In addition, the Sox released outfielder Gabe Kapler from the 40-man roster, which wasn't a surprise considering the veteran ruptured his left Achilles tendon in September and will miss, at the very least, a large portion of the 2006 season.

The Red Sox now have 37 spots filled on their 40-man roster. All players on the 40-man roster are under the protection of the club during December's Rule 5 draft.

The 21-year-old Lester sparkled at Double-A Portland in 2005, posting an 11-6 record with a 2.61 ERA and earning Eastern League and Red Sox Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors. He was drafted by the Sox out of high school in 2002 and will likely open the 2006 season at Triple-A Pawtucket.

Moss, 22, is one of the organization's best hitting prospects. The left-handed hitting outfielder was an Eastern League All-Star, hitting .268 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 135 games. The Red Sox drafted Moss in the eighth round of the 2002 draft.

In all, the Sox added six players to their 40-man roster.

One of them is David Murphy, the left-handed-hitting outfielder taken by Boston in the first round of the 2003 draft.

Murphy has made a mark in the Minor Leagues with his impeccable defense in center field. He was the club's Minor League Defensive Player of the Year in 2005, making four errors in 131 games. He had a strong finish at the plate as well, hitting .310 over his last 66 games.

The fourth addition is right-handed reliever Jesus Delgado, who went 7-3 with two saves and a 3.50 ERA in 33 games for Class A Greenville.

The other players added were right-handers David Pauley and Harvey Garcia.

Pauley is coming off a solid year (9-7, 3.81 ERA) in 27 starts at Portland. He came over from the Padres in a deal for Dave Roberts last December.

Garcia, a reliever, was 3-5 with six saves and a 2.01 ERA in 32 appearances at Greenville in 2005, his first year spent exclusively in the bullpen.

Ian Browne is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.