== And how many will be needed? ==
How long to sing this song? Apparently 5:19.
How many 40-man roster spots can the Mariners use to put non-roster guys on the roster?
1) As of this moment, the Mariners have 41 men on the 40-man roster. Franklin Gutierrez is on the “restricted list” and thus does not count against the limit of 40. They used that slot to add Fernando Rodney.
In other words, it’s full. No vacancy.
2) But wait! Danny Hultzen is on it, but he can and will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list as soon the season begins. That won’t count against the limit.
So there actually is one vacancy. It’s just being held in their back pocket.
Barring a change in expectations, they are very likely to use that slot for Scott Baker.
So getting Baker on the roster is not an issue.
3) Once we get beyond Baker, though, someone needs to be released or exposed to waivers to make room for additional non-roster players.
Just exposing someone to waivers, of course, does not mean they’ll get picked up. The team picking up the player must make room on its 40-man roster. Chance Ruffin cleared waivers over the winter and remains under club control in the minors.
And they will usually try to time the move late in spring training, when other teams are also trying to juggle roster moves — such that maybe they can “sneak a guy through.”
4) Players who are proverbially “out of options” must be placed on waivers if they do not make the 25-man roster out of spring training. The “options” are based on years in which they are sent to the minors, not the number of times.
So, if I’m getting it right, you had to be on a 40-man roster in 2011, and sent to the minors in 2011, 2012 and 2013 (assuming a typical prospect).
- Hector Noesi was on the Yankee 40-man in 2011 and sent down all three years. So he’s out of options.
- Blake Beavan was on the Mariner 40-man in 2011 and sent down all three years. So him too? But it looks like Beavan was not sent down after he was added to the 40-man. He was not on the 40-man at the start of the year. So I conclude 2011 doesn’t count as an option year, since he was never optioned off the 40-man to the minors. I think.
Ruffin would have been, but he’s already cleared waivers. Carlos Peguero would have been the same, but he was sent to Kansas City.
Unless I’m wrong, Carlos Triunfel was never on the 40-man in 2011, so he has one left.
Correct me if I’m wrong! We need the wisdom of the crowd!
So … likely deletions:
1) Chances are good that they’ll need to put Noesi on waivers anyway, so he’s first up.
2) Beavan seems to have an option left, but he might be the next guy on the chopping block anyway. He probably has a decent chance of clearing waivers.
3) Triunfel seems less likely since (a) they might need shortstop depth if they trade one of the young infielders, and (b) he might not clear since other teams might view him as a utility option with a good arm at short.
1) Baker is almost certain, but would take Hultzen’s spot.
3) Randy Wolf seems to be considered a likely add to the bullpen.
4) An outfielder: Chavez or RH-hitting Cole Gillespie.
5) Another bullpen guy, of which there are a host of options. If you’ve been following our work at all, you know that we view Carson Smith, Dominic Leone and Stephen Kohlscheen as all having possible impact arms. And we like our favorite West Pointer Nick Hill from the left side. None of the above are on the 40-man.