I’m not going to bury the lede on you. No, there’s not a 40-man crunch. With the rebuilding process of collecting as many pitching prospects or injured former prospects, there have continually been situations where the Braves have had too many players for their 40-man, hence the “crunch”. But as it’s played out, there hasn’t been a scenario where anyone victim of said “crunch” has been “lost” to another team. In the quantity-over-quality approach to collecting players, we seem to consistently have 5-10 players on the back of our 40-man that are almost indistinguishable from each other, and other teams have agreed. How does the 40-man break down? See below.
Chris Stewart – He will need to be on the 40-man if he stays in the organization, which you’d assume he would. Peter Bourjos – Acquired on Sunday on a major league deal, he appears to be headed for a spot on the roster. Ryan Flaherty -Also acquired on Sunday on a major league, and he too appears to be headed for the roster. Lane Adams – Even with Bourjos signed, Lane might still make the Opening Day roster. Nonetheless, while he may lose his 25-man spot once Acuna comes up, he still should stay on the 40-man.
This assumes Anibal is our 5th starter while Gohara recovers. With Scott Kazmir‘s release, Shane Carle seems like the long relief option. Brothers has potential and options, so as a lefty, he probably sticks on the 40-man. McCreery was protected in the Rule-5, so you’d assume he’s on there. Blair, Wisler, and Sims all deserve a spot. Same with Morris.
On The Bubble
Ryan Schimpf – And is he? Is there any concern he won’t pass through waivers at this juncture? Danny Santana – Same thing here. With Flaherty’s signing, it seems AA wants Flaherty over Santana. They probably won’t keep this many infielders/outfielders on the 40-man. I think both he and Adams pass through waivers.
Lindgren probably gets moved to the 60-day, so he doesn’t need to be added. Grant Dayton, by the way, is already on the 60-day, so he’s not even on the bubble. So unless I’ve missed someone or miscounted, you have 42 players for 40 spots. The Braves will most likely have to decide if they want to risk passing two of Adams, Santana, Sanchez, Whitley, Hursh, or Biddle through waivers. Is that a hard decision? I would contend that like Mauricio Cabrera, Luke Jackson, and Josh Ravin, who were put through waivers in the spring successfully, some if not all of these players will pass through waivers. And if they didn’t, would we even miss them? I say no, so my friend, we do not have a 40-man crunch.