Taylor's Twins Talk

Focusing on the Twins, with a few ramblings on other things that catch my attention

Monday, November 20, 2006

40-Man Roster Set . . . For Now

The Twins had to make the final decisions today on who they were going to add to their 40-man roster. Players not placed on the roster by today are eligible in the Rule 5 Draft (providing that they meet the requirements of having been drafted 4 or 5 years ago, depending on age when signed). The Twins added 4 players to the roster, leaving one space open. The players are:

P - Ricky Barrett
P - Alexander Smit
P - Oswaldo Sosa
OF - Denard Span

There are a number of things that have to be considered by a General Manager who is filling out a roster. For one thing, once added, a player can only be removed by outrighting them from the roster (allowed just one time in a player's career), or by placing them on waivers and hoping they clear. In other words, it's not a decision that should be taken lightly. Additionally, the clock starts ticking as soon as the next 25-man roster is due in, because players who don't make that roster have to be optioned to the minor leagues, and any given player only has 3 option years - so Barrett, Smit, Sosa, and Span can be optioned in 2007, 2008, and 2009 before they have to make the active roster. In other words, there's a tradeoff involved with adding a player to the roster.

I'm not surprised at all by the additions to the roster of Span and Sosa. Span is probably only a year or a bit more away from being asked to contribute at the Major League level - and certainly the Twins are hoping that he establishes himself next year as Torii Hunter's eventual replacement. Sosa is yet another strong pitching prospect, who performed well enough last year to make the Twins think he might be a sleeper pick in the Rule 5 Draft for a team desperate for starters. Barrett and Smit are lefties, so I guess that's explanation enough for their addition.

I'm going to look more closely at the names of guys who didn't get added, and see if there's anybody who I thought was obviously missing from the list. For now, though, I'll just say that these names make a good deal of sense.


  • At Sat Nov 25, 10:45:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I really like your comments on the MLB and the Twins. I agree Morneau is an okay candidate for MVP, although personally I had hoped that Jeter won it, just because Morneau would be more expensive afterwards. I don't know who got left off the 40-man roster. So, that would be a very interesting topic I'd read. Also, Carlos Lee got another insane deal - so that should be a good topic. Thanks.


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home