Sunday, October 16, 2016
(10/16/2016 02:31:00 PM) - Al
Many teams are removing players from their 40 man rosters, but as of yet, the Brewers have not. Is there a reason to do so early, or wait until later?
The obvious reason to remove players from the 40 is to open up spots in case you wish to claim someone. Most clubs are just outrighting players they are sure will not be grabbed off waivers at this point, as only 1 or 2 of the 50+ have been claimed. The tough decisions will occur later.
There is no right or wrong time to try and sneak a player through waivers, but when in doubt, most teams tend to follow a simple rule...wait as long as possible. Doug Melvin always told the story of deciding to cut a player out of options late in spring training, but they held off, even though the decision had been made. The next day, the starter at that position got hurt during stretching or warm ups, and they kept the player who was out of options, and he went on to have a nice career.
Also, the longer you wait, the more other teams will have limited space on the 40, be it in before the Rule 5 draft or in late March.
Of course, if MIL wants to claim a player, you'll see them clear space in a hurry. I think they still have 44 players on the 40, due to their use of the 60 day DL...which goes away in the offseason, I think a few days after the Series ends. So to claim one player, they would have to remove 5...which would be very easy, because not only do they have several guys like Elmore/Pinto who will not protected (if they like Jake, they will try to sign him to a minor league contract), but they could just DFA any FA's to be, effectively renouncing their rights to them a few weeks early.
EDIT: Some clubs claim a player now just to use it as a way of communicating with a player they want to sign to a minor league deal. Basically, let them know they are liked and wanted, and they might even be able to discuss money quicker that way. The most sought after minor league free agents have their salaries pretty much controlled, but signing bonuses might go as high as $300K for the top few guys, depending on youth and how many teams are after them.
10/16/2016 02:31:00 PM