On the list are Fanendo Adi, Nat Borchers, Diego Chara, Will Johnson, Darlington Nagbe, Alvas Powell, Liam Ridgewell, Maximiliano Urruti, Diego Valeri, Rodney Wallace, and Ben Zemanski. This leaves Gaston Fernandez and Jorge Villafana as the two players that were widely expected to be protected for the Timbers, who are instead available for selection.
While the core of the list is as expected, this morning's trade for Nat Borchers forced the Timbers to make a tough decision on who to leave off the list. Protecting Johnson and Ridgewell forced the Timbers to leave Villafana and Fernandez exposed.
Despite Diego Valeri's injury, Fernandez's current contract talks make him look like a much less likely target than if he was already signed and on a known wage. Villafana, meanwhile, is in a tough position with the recent signing of largely unknown new arrival Jeanderson.
Here is the Timbers' full protected list:
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