Another in our series on the status of the potential major-league roster.
Since the last one, the main development was the recognition that the shoulder issues with Taijuan Walker were going to require him to be on the disabled list on Opening Day.
On the position player side, obviously Nelson Cruz is off the board as a possibility, but maybe Robinson Cano‘s lobbying will result in another RH bat of some kind. In the meantime, Abraham Almonte seems to have a hold on a spot.
As always, the assumption is 12 pitchers.
Here’s the position players, with the “running total” in parentheses. Non-roster invitees are in green and speculative additions are in red:
|Catcher||Mike Zunino (1)||John Buck (2)|
|First Base||Justin Smoak (3)|
|Second Base||Robinson Cano (6)||Nick Franklin (7)||Willie Bloomquist (8)|
|Shortstop||Brad Miller (9)||Nick Franklin||Willie Bloomquist|
|Third Base||Kyle Seager (10)||Nick Franklin||Willie Bloomquist|
|Outfield||Michael Saunders (11)||Logan Morrison||Endy Chavez|
|Dustin Ackley (12)||Abraham Almonte (13)||Stefen Romero|
|Corey Hart||Cano lobbying RH add?|
|DH||Logan Morrison||Corey Hart||Cano lobbying RH add?|
And here’s a look at the pitching situation, which is just getting muddier:
|Starters||Felix Hernandez (14)||Hisashi Iwakuma (DL)|
|Taijuan Walker (DL)|
|Scott Baker (15)|
|Erasmo Ramirez (16)||Ervin Santana (seems unlikely, but he’s still out there)|
|James Paxton (17)|
|?? (18)||Randy Wolf|
|Brandon Maurer (or bullpen?)|
|Closer||Fernando Rodney (19)||Stephen Pryor (DL)|
|RH Bullpen||Danny Farquhar (20)|
|Tom Wilhelmsen (21)|
|?? (22)||Yoervis Medina|
|?? (23)||Hector Noesi|
|LH Bullpen||Charlie Furbush (24)|
|?? (25)||Lucas Luetge|
Recall that one 40-man roster spot can be created by moving Danny Hultzen to the 60-day DL, but that spot appears almost certain to go to Baker. A second spot (possibly for Wolf) can be created if Noesi is DFA’d (we believe he is out of options).
Assuming Iwakuma and Walker are out for only a short duration, they might not want to make 40-man roster moves to fill those spots, which might give Noesi, Beavan, Bawcom, Luetge and LaFromboise a better shot at least at the Opening Day roster.