Re: How much room would you create on the 40 man roster?
they'll move some guys onto the 40 man to protect them from Rule 5 draft. Not too many, because the Reds didn't draft well three years ago (what a break). Fisher, Lecure, and a lot of maybes: Jukich, Cumberland, Henry, Manual, Castro, Valiquette. Reds are looking carefully at several of those guys right now, as they play in late fall leagues. I can't recall if Travis Wood is eligible-- do HS draftees still get an extra year?
Might be more-- I don't have signing dates on several Latin players. for instance, Viola may finally need to be protected
noticed how Rule 5 is becoming more productive in general in baseball? Reds scored their first success ever with Hamilton and Burton, but there are several other recent successes, including Victorino, who's a key player tonight.
teams are more aggressive in protecting their toolsy youth, allowing more older, accomplished players to fall through the cracks.
Last edited by princeton; 10-22-2008 at 10:54 AM.