Monday, December 19, 2011

Where is there room on the 40 man

Now that the Mets have made Frank Francisco officially their closer for the next two years, the roster is once again at 40.  Not only do they have holes to fill on the active roster but this is the time of year when there are some really nice claims to be made do to other club's roster issues.

For example; after the Pads netted four players in the Matos trade they had to expose their back-up catcher Luis Martinez to waivers.  Martinez is a 26 y/o catcher who has two options left and five years of control, all while hitting .323 in AAA last year.  But he will cost someone their roster spot, exposing them to waivers or allowing them to become a free agent.

I find it highly unlikely that no one will interest them who is on waivers or that they can find a middle infielder, two outfielders and probably a starter all on minor league deals.  So then the question becomes who is vulnerable on the 40 roster.  It also has to be taken into consideration that if it's a players first time through waivers if they go unclaimed they remain controlled by the team, whereas veterans can opt for free agency.

Adam Rubin tweeted about this topic this afternoon and I tend to agree with his list.  Rubin in a second tweet included Daniel Herrera.  I would also add Robert Carson to the group as well, the lefty doesn't seem as valuable with James in the mix.  Rodriguez and Schwinden would remain under club control if they made it through waivers while the others could opt for free agency.  None of these guys are no-brainers to cut like the days when we carried Robinson Cancel as a third catcher but at the same time I wouldn't miss them if they were gone.


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