Not all 8 of these spots will be available for new additions to the 40-man.Unless the Twins decide to fill all 8 spots from the minor leagues, new players will be signed or traded for to fill at least half of these spots.
But the key point I get from reading Seth's post is the large number of very good prospects running into the Rule 5 threat this coming November.Now will all or any be gone if left unprotected, no one knows.But it sure seems to me to be a bigger problem than I recall in recent years....which is good!
I should have elaborated. My thought is this will make for some interesting maneuvering both in terms of how they are filled, when they are filled and how that works out for managing the 40 man. Here is my guess as to how they are filled.
Jake Odorizzi – Hopefully does well and is resigned
Nelson Cruz – Sano moves from 1B to DH / Kirilloff takes 1B
Marwin Gonzalez – Internally but who IDK? There are a few possibilities.
Homer Bailey - ???
Romo – Replaced internally
Alex Avilia – Replaced by Jeffers
Rich Hill - ??? Let’s hope at least one of Bailey / Hill is replaced internally.
Tyler Clippard – Replaced Internally or I could see signing a LH RP next year.