The 40-man is the gating issue as much as the 25-man for that strategy. A complete rejiggering of the relief portion of the 40-man to accommodate more prospects isn't impossible by any stretch, but is more of a gamble (in terms of the subject of this thread) than at first sight. Acquiring better relievers by trade would be less disruptive, although at greater cost. Tough dilemma, compounded by the uncertainty of whether the window has actually opened yet. I think the trade avenue has to be explored first, and if the cost is too high (which I expect) then start dispensing with the Rucinskis and Bosherses. It's too bad Melotakis is on a bad 3-game stretch, because he's on the 40-man already and would be the obvious first guy on the carousel. The risk comes, if the team is otherwise contending, when the carousel guys all have results like Chargois last year and you wish you had Boshers back for mediocre competence.
The 40-man shouldn't be a limiting factor. In the last month, we've added Tepesch, Rucinski, and Wilk. Plus Boshers has been passed over for all of those guys. And if you're promoting guys from AA too, there will be plenty of options to take their places at AAA if they are claimed. (Turley and Wimmers both got bumped to AA right now because there are too many pitchers in Rochester!)
And if things go bad and you need mediocre competence, we've got Tonkin and Chapman parked at AAA, a RHP and a LHP both with fairly extensive MLB experience.
I think you could safely drop Wilk right now and start the carousel with Hildenberger or Burdi -- those guys are on track to need 40-man spots this winter anyway. Move some guys up to AAA (from among Turley, Bard, Curtiss, Van Steensel) and down to AA (Wheeler, Boshers) too, so you get a little more data about who could be next in line, when you are ready to cut Tepesch, Rucinski, or Boshers.
Edited by spycake, 19 May 2017 - 10:07 AM.