Originally Posted by HokieRed
I'd probably put these into categories.
Must protect: Fisher, Lecure, Maloney, Viola. [I think Lecure could be taken by a team like Texas. He could be their fifth starter next year.]
Very much like to protect: Manuel, Valiquette.
Would be good to protect but not by exposing someone more valuable: Gutierrez, Cumberland, Henry.
I think Fisher and Maloney are absolute locks to be protected. Everyone else is gonna depend on what we can do to free up some 40 man spots. Right now 1-2 spots is really about all we have. And Walt doesn't seem to value these types nearly as much as Wayne did. Wayne would collect every guy with any remote talent and try his best to get the best out of them. Walt (and maybe it's experience) doesn't seem to waste time on them unless they are fairly complete. So my guess is he values his major leaguers more and thus we won't see many youngsters put on the 40 man. Walt's the kind of guy you can steal a Johan Santana from and Wayne would be the guy to steal him.