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ROSTER CRUNCH: who goes and who stays


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In 2 weeks, the roster has to go down to 26.  Who goes and who stays.  The good news is that with more depth than in the past, this is harder to do.

CATCHERS: Current=2; Goal=2:  Grandal, McGuire

OTHER POSITION: Current=11 + 2 on IL; Goal=11; Soon as Pollack and Moncada come off IL, two have to go.  Assumed roster locks: Pollack, Moncada, Abreu, TA, Harrison, Robert, Jimenez, Leury

2 of these 5 have to go: AV, Burger, Engel, Mendick, Sheets

It looks like Burger or Sheets will go (along with Mendick)

 

PITCHERS: can only keep 13 out of 20

current 15 + 4 on IL (Giolito, Kelly, Lynn, Burr) + 1 Potential (Cueto)

Excluding Lynn and Burr for now, that's 18 for 13 spots .  Assume: Giolito and Kelly available May 1st; Cuerto decision contract required by 5/15.  

Roster locks: Giolito, Cease, Kopeck, Keuchel, Hendricks, Graveman, Kelly, Bummer

Only 3 of these 10 can stay -7 have to go: Cueto, Banks, Crick, Foster, Lambert, Reylo, Ruiz, Severino, Sousa, Velasquez 

For the 3, it looks like to me:   Reylo stays; One of Cueto/Velasquez/Lambert; One of Sousa/Severino; Banks/Crick/Foster/Ruiz all go

 

 

 

 

 

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Assuming Giolito/Pollock are back and Lynn/Kelly/Moncada aren't yet, this is what I expect on May 1:

C - Grandal, McGuire

IF/DH - Abreu, Harrison, Anderson, Burger, Garcia, Vaughn, Sheets

OF - Jimenez, Robert, Pollock, Engel

SP - Giolito, Cease, Kopech, Keuchel, Velasquez

RP - Hendriks, Graveman, Bummer, Ruiz, Lopez, Sousa, Foster, Crick (maybe Banks instead of Sousa/Foster/Crick)

 

After May 1:

Lynn/Kelly/Cueto push out Sousa/Foster/Crick in some order

Moncada pushes out Burger or Sheets

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10 hours ago, Squirmin' for Yermin said:

As of right now, Mendick is the easy answer, and I'd send Sheets down instead of Burger. Yes, I know Sheets is a lefty, but burger can play more on the field and has looked farrr far far better.

I'd agree if Sheets didn't hit left handed.

 

This is one reason I hate the new 40 man rules in September, however. 

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13 minutes ago, Jack Parkman said:

Sousa is staying to be the 2nd LHP out of the pen. 

It's going to suck for Jake, but I think Burger and Mendick go down. 

If Sousa can repeat yesterday’s performance, yes please.  

Mendick is the first to go down IMO.  Burger probably goes too as TLR just has to put Harrison & Leury in the lineup every day until Moncada returns. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

 

Trying to project the May 2 roster. Don't think the Sox use a 14th pitcher right away. Nobody really worth keeping

SP: Giolito, Cease, Kopech, Velasquez, Keuchel

RP: Hendriks, Bummer, Graveman, Banks, Foster, Ruiz, Lopez, Burr

C : Grandal, McGuire

IF: Abreu, Harrison, Anderson, Burger, Garcia, Mendick

OF: Vaughn, Robert, Pollock, Engel, Sheets

IL returns:

Moncada replaces Mendick

Kelly replaces Burger.

Lynn replaces Burr

If Cueto is worth calling up, he replaces Foster or Velasquez

After May 30, Burger replaces Foster, Velasquez, or possibly a DFA Keuchel if he doesn't get better.

Whenever Eloy returns he replaces Burger.

 

Of course this all assumes no further IL usage which is incredibly unlikely.

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We have to cut down to a 26 man roster with Moncada, Kelly and Cueto also ready to come up.  That leads to the big question, who is going down to Charlotte or being DFA

I have to believe that Sheets, Mendick and Severino are givens, but who will be the other 2?

I'm thinking at maybe 2 from Foster, Burr, Banks and Sousa

 

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Gonna imagine Severino is a gimme. Next spot will be interesting. TLR said 1 arm and 1 position player so it’s probably Mendick or Burger. James says Burger. 

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I think Keuchel finally gets waived, opening up a spot for Cueto.  At least there's still a slight chance Cueto can perform...Keuchel is done.

Severino certainly goes and I'd imagine Mendick will join him.

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4 minutes ago, mmmmmbeeer said:

I think Keuchel finally gets waived, opening up a spot for Cueto.  At least there's still a slight chance Cueto can perform...Keuchel is done.

Severino certainly goes and I'd imagine Mendick will join him.

Cueto threw only 60 some pitches on Fri and TLR said he needs 1-2 more starts. While I would have pitched him more Fri and made the change next start, I don’t think we’ll be so lucky. 

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