Managing a 40-man roster for a last place franchise
by, 09-05-2012 at 01:56 PM (1201 Views)
Originally posted in reply to thread These Call-Ups Are a Downer
The Twins' 40-man roster is apparently at 39 right now, and the desire for waiver-wire flexibility is a reason given not to bring up one or two other players for September, such as Anthony Slama.
How can a last-place team have any issues at all managing their 40-man roster? Just sooooo many talented players, the other teams will scoop an All-Star-in-the-making right up, if the Twins aren't careful?
Indecisiveness, maybe that's the reason. Morneau, will he or won't he return to previous levels? Span, can we squeeze just a bit more out of a trade? Middle infielders, so many flashy-glove no-stick players to choose from, better hang onto a bunch and see if one steps forward.
Meanwhile, at least, the scouts and front-office can make up their minds about Slama not being able to translate AAA success to the majors. So I guess indecision can't be the culprit after all.
Without going through the 40-man, spot by spot, doesn't it break down roughly like this?
- your 25 best guys for the major league roster
- 5 AAAA guys to cover the inevitable injuries
- 5 young guys who are too old to be left off but on whom the jury is still out (a little indecisiveness is necessary and good)
- 5 contingency spots because what I just laid out here is too simple
What additional needs and purposes are clogging up the Twins' 40-man roster? With 21 pitchers and 18 position players currently listed, I guess the area of concern is clear. I'm not in the mood to discuss spots #39, #38, ... .
A forty-man roster is intended to be a bit of a headache for the "have" teams. Not the have-nots.