Friday’s 40-man roster/Rule 5 Draft safety deadline featured the same old flurry of transactional exercise. Whereas christening a brand new wave of huge leaguers, the day’s strikes additionally illuminated a secondary impact of latest farm-building tendencies, and indicated some shifts in the best way groups are occupied with the gamers they do or don’t resolve to guard. As I fly by means of every crew’s additions and subtractions from Friday, I’ll flesh out these ideas the place they greatest apply. I’ve tried to offer readers a bit scouting notice on each participant, moving into higher element for gamers who aren’t but on The Board (which is the place you’ll need to go for in-depth scouting stories) or whose stories I feel have meaningfully modified since they have been final up to date on The Board. Readers ought to know that on the subject of inspecting the explanations groups selected to not shield gamers on Friday, I’m utilizing knowledgeable hypothesis.
Right here’s a fast rundown/refresher for folk who may be new to caring about this specific facet of roster building. Deeper groups are likely to have extra good gamers than they will roster, and have a tendency to lose those towards the underside of their depth chart to talent-hungry golf equipment that take into account them upgrades to the gamers at present on their not-so-good roster. Typically a crew with an excellent large league roster can even have a big wave of high quality prospects approaching the majors, and the mix of the 2 creates motivation to commerce a few of these prospects away, or else unfastened them for nothing by way of waivers or the Rule 5 Draft. The best way the 60-day injured checklist works additionally impacts lots of fringe roster motion.
There are a pair methods groups attempt to cope with this in the event that they suppose they’ve extra fascinating gamers than they do roster spots. They both bundle a number of of them as a part of a commerce for one important large leaguer, or deal them for very younger gamers who’re a number of years from needing to be added to the 40-man. Groups preserve 40-man dynamics in thoughts with each transfer they make, however the interval simply earlier than the 40-man/Rule 5 deadline on the finish of November is nearly solely pushed by them. Groups weigh including their very own prospects to the 40-man towards the possibilities that an unprotected participant may be popped within the Rule 5 Draft (and stick on their new crew’s roster), in addition to who they could in any other case have the ability to use that roster spot for. It’s part of the baseball calendar that forces groups to make strikes that assist us study their collective conduct and particular person preferences.
Baltimore Orioles foundational piece D.L. Corridor (three plus pitches, below-average management) was the large identify added to the crew’s 40-man, whereas a number of gamers acquired by way of commerce through the lengthy rebuild — contact-oriented utility man Terrin Vavra (acquired from Colorado within the Mychal Givens commerce), starter/reduction line slider monster Kyle Bradish (Angels, Dylan Bundy commerce), low-slot lefty Kevin Smith (Mets, Miguel Castro) — have been additionally added. Vavra and former high-profile beginner prospect Lucius Fox (claimed from Kansas Metropolis) each convey really feel for contact, velocity, and defensive versatility to the membership, and Fox turns into the second-best shortstop defender on the 40-man after Richie Martin.
Additionally added in Baltimore have been Felix Bautista (elite arm power, fringe curveball, 20 management — take cowl) and Fall Leaguer Logan Gillaspie, every possible up/down relievers in 2022. Gillaspie’s fastball sat 93 with Milwaukee in 2019; they launched him and he signed a minor league cope with the Orioles. He had a two-tick bump in 2021, and is now sitting 92-96 with a bevy of different pitches, the very best of which is an above-average changeup.
Baltimore at present has no catchers on their 40-man. In some unspecified time in the future early in 2022, Adley Rutschman is prone to be added, however most groups carry three 40-man catchers, and the free agent pool isn’t precisely flush with good ones. With their present 40-man at 39, search for Baltimore to outright extra members off the underside of their roster sooner or later this offseason in pursuit of catching, and/or to take a Rule 5 shot or two (maybe Blake Hunt?). Adam Corridor is the highest-profile Oriole minor leaguer to not be added. Along with being talent/position redundant with Vavra and Fox, he’s extra uncooked than these two and much much less prone to stick if certainly he’s taken within the Rule 5.
Pre-deadline chatter with my scout/entrance workplace contacts indicated that the Pink Sox no less than kicked the tires on trades for near-term contributors, however finally, they solely made additions from inside. 2021 breakout righty Kutter Crawford, who’s pitching within the Dominican Winter League proper now, is the very best guess among the many added pitchers to take a flip in Boston’s rotation subsequent season. The Pink Sox additionally added 2021 Futures Recreation individuals Brayan Bello (reduction projection for me, 94-99, four-seam/two-seam combine, above-average slider) and Jeter Downs (drafted by the Reds, traded to Dodgers as a part of the large Yasiel Puig deal, then to Boston as a part of the Mookie Betts deal), who had a horrible common season earlier than rebounding in Arizona through the fall. Josh Winckowski (traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets for Steven Matz, then from the Mets to Boston as a part of the three-team Andrew Benintendi deal) is the one certainly one of a number of fringe up/down reduction varieties (Andrew Politi, Frank German, Durbin Feltman) who was added. Winckowski has three common pitches.
The ultra-toolsy Gilberto Jimenez, the sixth-ranked prospect within the system, was left unprotected. At 21, his swing hasn’t made any actual progress and he stays a slash-and-dash kind of hitter with blazing velocity that performs down on protection resulting from middling instincts. He’d be a daring Rule 5 selection for a rebuilding membership, who’d be placing his long-term improvement in danger by rostering him. Stash this man at the back of your head for later. Thaddeus Ward, who underwent Tommy John in June, would even be an fascinating Rule 5 selection since he may very well be stashed on the 60-day IL throughout rehab.
The New York Yankees cleared 5 spots, some by way of commerce with the Phillies, and a few by outrighting Clint Frazier, Tyler Wade, and Rougned Odor off the roster. Added from inside have been high-probability utility man Oswaldo Cabrera, 20-year-old power-hitting prospect Everson Pereira, and three pitchers. I wrote about certainly one of them, Stephen Ridings, in August. The others are Ron Marinaccio, a misleading low-slot righty with a plus slider and changeup, and JP Sears, a low-slot lefty with plus command and a fastball that lives off its flat angle.
As for the commerce, getting back from Philly for catcher Donny Sands and Nick Nelson (extra on them within the Phils’ part) is T.J. Rumfield, a big-framed, power-hitting first base prospect whom the Phillies had solely simply drafted out of Virginia Tech, and 21-year-old lefty Joel Valdez, who spent 2021 within the DSL. Valdez sits 93-94 and his slider has plus motion regardless of little spin. Rumfield struggled to search out taking part in time at Texas Tech, and the pandemic furthered disrupted his school profession earlier than he discovered consistency in Blacksburg. He actually solely bought reps in 2021 and is a “tip of the iceberg” sleeper prospect wit no-doubt large league physicality. Transferring Sands means the Yankees will possible search for an exterior candidate to be their third catcher.
The Tampa Bay Rays are sometimes energetic forward of this specific roster deadline since they’ve taken a depth-focused method to farm system constructing for a very long time and sometimes have extra expertise than they will roster. This yr the Rays made a number of strikes within the days main as much as the deadline (like sending Dietrich Enns to Japan) amid a number of “kick the can down the street” trades. Louis Head went to Miami for a PTBNL (prone to be accomplished after the Rule 5), Mike Brosseau was despatched to Milwaukee for sleeper reduction prospect Evan Reifert (a $20,000 NDFA from 2020, he’s a 2024 40-man add who sits 94-95 with an above-average slider), Brent Honeywell Jr. was traded to Oakland for money, and Tobias Myers was traded to Cleveland for DSL infielder Junior Caminero (a younger, pull-power flier). The Rays added Jonathan Aranda (30-grade second baseman, plus hit software, large 2021 efficiency), Calvin Faucher (freaky curveball, acquired from the Twins within the Nelson Cruz commerce), Tommy Romero (acquired from the Mariners for Denard Span and Alex Colomé, fringe velocity, plus-plus fastball carry) and C/INF Ford Proctor. The additions of Proctor and René Pinto, a breakout participant who was added weeks in the past to forestall him from turning into a minor league free agent, made it laborious for Tampa Bay to roster Blake Hunt, a 50 FV prospect who got here again from San Diego within the Blake Snell commerce. Hunt didn’t carry out in 2021 however catcher efficiency tends to be fairly unstable, and there gave the impression to be swing points plaguing his season. He’s a high-profile Rule 5 candidate. Some scouts and analysts additionally like power-hitting 22-year-old outfielder Diego Infante and suppose he’s susceptible.
The Toronto Blue Jays made an exterior addition by claiming Shaun Anderson off waivers from San Diego, then added pitchers Bowden Francis (from the Rowdy Tellez commerce with Milwaukee, high-probability backend starter) and Zach Logue (velo up two ticks from 2019, plus changeup, funky supply helps slider play), who will probably be 2022 rotation depth. Leo Jimenez (20-years outdated, elite really feel for contact, versatile defender, no energy) and Hagen Danner (two-way high-schooler drafted as a catcher, first actual professional pitching expertise got here in 2021, above-average fastball and breaking ball) are fascinating additions contemplating Toronto left off higher-profile infielder Miguel Hiraldo and a number of other different relievers (Jackson Rees, Curtis Taylor, Graham Spraker) with extra expertise than Danner. Jimenez, whose 2021 line was superb, doesn’t have Hiraldo’s bat velocity or energy potential however he’s a extra versatile and polished infield defender, and has higher really feel for contact, so regardless that he’s youthful than the 21-year-old Hiraldo and arguably has a decrease ceiling as a result of hole in uncooked energy, Jimenez is extra prone to play a viable large league position in 2022 and really stick on an energetic roster all summer season.
There wasn’t a lot motion surrounding the Chicago White Sox, who added hard-throwing reliever Bennett Sousa (as much as 98, misleading, plus slider) and Jason Bilous (velo down from peak however nonetheless common, has 4 pitches) to the 40-man whereas leaving off launch level freak Hunter Schryver, who struggled to throw strikes in 2021. The identical is true of the Detroit Tigers, who added would-be minor league free agent strike-thrower Elvin Rodriguez (from the Angels, Justin Upton commerce) a number of weeks in the past, then hard-throwing enigma Angel De Jesus and bat-first, shift-enabled second baseman Kody Clemens.
On the opposite aspect of the spectrum was the Cleveland Guardians, finishing their first transactions underneath the brand new moniker by buying Tobias Myers from Tampa Bay, outrighting a number of gamers off the roster (Justin Garza, Daniel Johnson, J.C. Mejía, Scott Moss, Kyle Nelson, Harold Ramirez, Alex Younger) and including many others (Tyler Freeman, Steven Kwan, Bryan Lavastida, Cody Morris, Jhonkensy Noel, Richie Palacios, Konnor Pilkington, Brayan Rocchio, Jose Tena, George Valera). There are in-depth scouting stories on principally that whole group on the location, however right here I’m going to spend time speaking about how and why the Guardians got here to outright nearly 20% of their 40-man roster in in the future.
This was the crew with the obvious 40-man crunch in baseball, and Cleveland had been making an effort to consolidate for a lot of months to no avail. It was robust for the Guardians to flip current 40-man occupants for future ones, as they have already got an enormous crunch to cope with in 2022 and a medium-sized one looming in 2023. Buying and selling three or 4 gamers for one good one made sense for Cleveland from a roster standpoint, however most good large leaguers earn more money than Cleveland’s possession appears keen to spend. For example, the A’s (who’ve 34 gamers on their 40-man proper now, the bottom in baseball) appeared like a superb match to cope with the Guardians and purchase a complete mess of low-cost gamers and near-ready prospects in trade for an enormous leaguer, however this is able to have required bumping Cleveland’s comically low payroll (simply $49 million proper now) by no less than 10% on the low finish (Frankie Montas‘ arbitration projection is for simply over $5 million, the bottom of any purported A’s commerce goal) and 25% on the excessive finish. Matt Olson, a significant improve to the present Cleveland first-base image, has an estimated arb determine of $12.6 million. There are some actually good, less-expensive large leaguers with extra years of management who’ve been talked about in commerce rumors, like Bryan Reynolds of Pittsburgh, however the Pirates have been coping with a crunch of their very own this yr and weren’t able to make a 1-for-3 or -4 commerce like this. With possession seemingly unwilling to tackle extra payroll, the Guardian’s choices have been restricted.
Their pool for potential trades was additionally restricted by the rising reputation of farm-system constructing that prioritizes buying depth and mitigating danger by means of diversification. Relatively than take again one prospect because the return for a commerce (just like the Padres did within the Francisco Mejía-for-Brad Hand deal), there’s a development amongst analytically-inclined groups to make offers and have draft lessons extra just like the Dylan Bundy commerce return (a bunch of 35+ FV school arms) to assist be sure that you get no less than one large league piece again. As extra groups share process-oriented DNA with different profitable orgs and this fashion of farm-system constructing turns into extra widespread, groups just like the Guardians lose potential commerce companions with whom to make roster equilibrium trades since extra groups are behaving like they’re. This may weirdly find yourself being useful to groups just like the Nationals and the Padres, golf equipment with skinny techniques which are abruptly able to make mutually useful offers with groups that suppose nothing like they do.
Lastly, on Friday a number of individuals with varied golf equipment proactively supplied up that Cleveland may be robust to cope with, as they adhere strictly to their valuations and gained’t make context-based changes to facilitate transactions with different groups. They’ll additionally begin an incredible deal away from the center level of any negotiation and need to be dragged there. Not everybody considers this to be true, however it’s a pervasive perception, and got here up nearly completely unprompted a number of instances as I poked round on what the Guardians would do with all these gamers on Friday.
So to recap, Cleveland turned over about 20% of their 40-man resulting from inactivity brought on by a) tightfisted house owners, b) the best way their farm-building technique has interacted with comparable, league-wide methods, that are extra frequent partially due to Cleveland’s demonstrated success and c) their purportedly cussed, grinding fashion of negotiating.
Elsewhere within the Central, the Kansas Metropolis Royals made a number of high-profile additions in draft-and-dev success tales Nick Pratto and MJ Melendez, and short-term reduction help in Collin Snider (plus command of a plus slider) and Nathan Webb (sits 97-98, fringe changeup and slider). TJ rehabber Jonathan Bowlan possible would have been popped if left unprotected since he may very well be positioned on the 60-day IL on another person’s roster, which was frequent within the 2020 Rule 5. Younger, skinny shortstop Maikel Garcia was additionally added. I like Garcia however don’t suppose he would have been taken within the Rule 5 as he’s not at present bodily sufficient to compete on the large league degree. With Garcia, the Royals are rebooting the sequence of occasions that led to an odd developmental path for Jeison Guzmán, a forty five FV prospect who just lately elected minor league free company. Strike-throwing lefty Josh Dye, conversion arm Jose Cuas, and irritating reduction prospects Austin Cox and Zach Haake are fascinating Rule 5 candidates.
Royce Lewis is likely one of the extra well-known prospects added to a 40 on Friday. He took half in baseball exercise through the Minnesota Twins intrasquad-heavy tutorial league, which included stay BP towards Jhoan Duran. He’s robust to worth on the prospect continuum as a result of he’s missed two consecutive years (that is extra frequent for pitchers with recurring accidents, however their collective observe document is horrible) and he appears prone to enter the large league fray in a multi-positional reserve position. Josh Winder (plus velo, 4 distinct pitches, a again of the highest 100 candidate), Chris Vallimont (plus-plus fastball carry), Cole Sands (plus-plus curveball), and Blayne Enlow (three common pitches) all determine to get no less than some large league time in 2022. Gradual-developing Puerto Rican infielder Jose Miranda, who was handed over within the 2020 Rule 5 after which exploded in 2021, emerged from a farm system filled with comparatively motionless infielders who rake, à la Ty France and Aledmys Díaz.
Prime 50 prospect and potential on a regular basis Astros shortstop Jeremy Peña appears nice within the Dominican Republic coming off wrist surgical procedure; he was a slam dunk addition for the Houston Astros. 1B/3B Joe Perez, a Kevin Goldstein favourite, is a former two-way prospect with a power-over-hit 4 corners profile, eerily just like J.D. Davis. He had a wholesome, breakout offensive season however might be caught behind Taylor Jones on the depth chart subsequent yr. The opposite of Houston’s additions have been arms. Shawn Dubin (sits 96, plus-plus slider) must be a bullpen piece in 2022 whereas lefty Jonathan Bermudez (sits about 90 however has two good breaking balls), is rotation depth. I used to be stunned Houston didn’t add catcher Yainer Diaz, who got here again from Cleveland within the Myles Straw commerce, particularly after buying and selling Garrett Stubbs to Philly for the toolsy, small college 2021 tenth rounder Logan Cerny, a middle fielder from Troy with large bat velocity. Philly additionally claimed sinker man Kent Emanuel from Houston, and Houston outrighted previously thrilling teenager Freudis Nova, who’s the cautionary story model of among the younger, highly-ranked prospects who I’ve talked about so far.
The Seattle Mariners could have a kind of on their fingers in outfielder Alberto Rodriguez, who has only a week of expertise above Low-A however is now on the Seattle 40-man. He additionally had a 22% barrel price within the minors final yr, which is spectacular for a 21-year-old. Potential celebrity Julio Rodríguez was a simple add, as was former athletic arm-strength flier Ray Kerr, who now has an excellent low-90s slider. Some pitchers with arm power (Dayeison Arias, Yeury Tatiz) have been left unprotected, however I feel Devin Candy and his unimaginable changeup usually tend to be taken within the Rule 5.
The Los Angeles Angels added Elvis Peguero, who came visiting within the Andrew Heaney commerce.
The Oakland A’s roster is prone to look very completely different on Opening Day, however for now they’ve added Brent Honeywell Jr. by way of commerce with Tampa Bay, shortstop Nick Allen, transformed catcher Jonah Bride, 1B/3B Jordan Diaz, outfielder Cody Thomas, and right-handed pitcher Jorge Juan. Allen will most likely have a decade-long profession as an excellent utility man, the stocky Diaz has precocious really feel to hit however not sufficient energy to play first on daily basis, and Thomas (acquired from the Dodgers for Sheldon Neuse) was a two-sport late-bloomer candidate who’s now 27 and must bloom. Juan had a velo spike as he reshaped his big, 6-foot-8 body. He throws high quality strikes with a mid-90s fastball and flashes an above-average slider.
The Texas Rangers outrighted injured, hard-throwing righties Kyle Cody and Edwar Colina to create space so as to add Ricky Vanasco, who’s coming off TJ and seemed electrical throughout tutorial league. Prime 100 prospect Ezequiel Duran, a part of the Joey Gallo commerce, was additionally added. He seemed a lot better defensively in Arizona throughout Fall League. Tiny, ultra-athletic 21-year-old righty Ronny Henriquez, additionally added, and Duran are each unlikely to play important 2022 roles. Texas left a number of fascinating arms unprotected (Cole Uvila, Scott Engler, Nic Laio, Alex Speas, and many others.), however none is so good that they’re a lock to get taken within the Rule 5. Outfielder Steele Walker (from the White Sox for Nomar Mazara) has a platoon-friendly profile and looks like a menace to be taken within the Rule 5.
One might argue to incorporate 2020 fourth rounder Spencer Strider, who raced to the large leagues and debuted in ’21, among the many Atlanta Braves‘ additions, since he’s occupying a roster spot a number of years earlier than anybody else in his draft class has to. Swing-happy toolshed Drew Waters enters the combo for middle area reps with Cristian Pache. Freddy Tarnok (plus fastball, above-average curve, shot to start out ultimately), William Woods (seemed like an arm strength-only man within the AFL) and Brooks Wilson (fastball up two ticks from 2019, elite splitter) are the brand new Braves pitchers on the 40. The bridge to Shea Langeliers bought sturdier with the two-year addition of Manny Piña, so maybe William Contreras emerges as a candidate for…
The Miami Marlins stood pat by way of additions/subtractions, however working the telephones on deadline day revealed they’re out there for catchers and middle fielders by way of commerce, and doubtlessly earlier than any kind of work stoppage.
The New York Mets 40-man bought an injection of younger upside in Prime 100 prospect Ronny Mauricio and power-hitting 3B/1B Mark Vientos. Probably backend starter Jose Butto and Indy ball signee Adam Oller (sits 93, top-of-zone utility resulting from angle, above-average curveball and changeup) have been added and each issue into the beginning pitcher group for subsequent yr’s slate. Unprotected relievers Colin Holderman (94-97 in AFL, large Okay% leap from earlier profession to now) and Brian Metoyer (fringe visible look, however elite spin charges on curveball) are fascinating Rule 5 candidates.
The Philadelphia Phillies had maybe essentially the most proactive, eclectic day of any crew, claiming sinkerballing lefty Kent Emanuel from Houston and buying and selling for 2 catchers (Garrett Stubbs from Houston and Donny Sands from New York) and hard-throwing reliever Nick Nelson (additionally from NYY), whereas additionally including some gamers from inside. Two of them have been high-profile worldwide amateurs in Luis García (compact, switch-hitting shortstop) and Jhailyn Ortiz (free-swinging thumper, performed a bunch of middle area in 2021 however that’s a pipe dream). The opposite inner addition was righty James McArthur, who sits within the mid-90s and has a plus curveball. The addition of Sands and Stubbs ought to no less than immediate groups to kick the tires on younger Rafael Marchan, an athletic catch-and-throw man with contact expertise and 20 energy.
The Washington Nationals added Evan Lee (common fastball, plus curveball, a superbly appropriate bullpen lefty) and Donovan Casey (two-way school participant acquired from the Dodgers within the Max Scherzer cope with energy, Okay’s, bench outfield projection).
The Chicago Cubs made simply two additions. The primary was Fall League MVP Nelson Velazquez, a power-hitting right-field prospect whose plate self-discipline improved in 2021. He, Alexander Canario, and Christopher Morel are all swing-happy younger hitters on the Cubs 40-man. Ethan Roberts, who has top-of-the-line fastball spin charges in professional baseball, was the opposite addition. A number of fascinating arm power reduction prospects have been left unprotected, together with Eury Ramos and oft-injured kids like Yovanny Cruz, Jeremiah Estrada, Benjamin Rodriguez and Kohl Franklin. Shortstop Andy Weber, who I favored throughout his Fall League stint, could be towards the highest of my private Rule 5 checklist as a lefty-hitting middle-infield utility man.
Additionally close to Roberts on the checklist of pitchers with the spinniest heaters on Earth is 24-year-old Alexis Diaz, who the Cincinnati Reds added to their 40-man. He and 25-year-old Daniel Duarte, who barely threw in 2021 however was within the mid-90s with a plus slider when he did, determine to be reduction items for the 2022 Reds. James Marinan (traded from the Dodgers to the Reds for Dylan Floro) has points with fastball playability, however his slider and changeup are each common or higher, which makes him a effective depth starter candidate. Prime prospect Hunter Greene, top-of-the-line on-mound athletes on the planet, ought to have an instantaneous impression in 2022. Whiff-prone right-field prospect Allan Cerda will most likely want no less than one other full yr within the minors.
The Milwaukee Brewers didn’t add anybody, however have some fascinating unprotected prospects. Korry Howell bumped into strikeout points as soon as he was promoted to Double-A, however nonetheless managed to supply at an above-average clip on offense all yr, and has a number of late-blooming traits to his profile. Victor Castaneda (plus splitter), Max Lazar (large fastball carry, coming off TJ), Carlos Rodriguez (bench outfielder profile with velocity and call), and Tristen Lutz (power-over-hit proper fielder) are all susceptible.
The Pittsburgh Pirates additionally left lots of fascinating gamers unprotected. Bat-first catcher Abrahan Gutierrez, thumping first baseman Mason Martin, sweet-swinging outfielder Cal Mitchell, strike-throwing lefty Omar Cruz (acquired within the Joe Musgrove deal), and a bevy of younger, big-framed arms (Tahnaj Thomas, Eddy Yean, Santiago Florez) have been left unprotected. Pittsburgh appears to be consciously avoiding including uncooked, however very proficient gamers to their roster after having seen a number of groups burn by means of two possibility years to retain the likes of Carlos Vargas, Francisco Morales, and different proficient however unpolished gamers. These possibility years are particularly related for pitching prospects, although the Freudis Nova scenario in Houston is an efficient instance of how issues can go awry for hitters on this style. Uncooked gamers are much less prone to really persist with their new crew by way of the Rule 5, and when the draft is flooded with them, it turns into much less possible that your younger gamers are those who get picked. Pittsburgh did decide so as to add infielder Liover Peguero and outfielders Canaan Smith-Njigba, Jack Suwinski and Travis Swaggerty.
The St. Louis Cardinals added reduction prospects Jake Walsh (mid-90s, common curveball) and Freddy Pacheco (plus fastball, common slider), and light-hitting contact maven Brendan Donovan to their 40-man. Donovan is the one non-pitcher who’s on the 40-man however not on the projected energetic roster right now, so St. Louis is certainly not achieved including reserve bats.
The Arizona Diamondbacks had a full 40-man coming into Friday and outrighted some gamers so as to add C/OF Cooper Hummel (acquired within the Eduardo Escobar commerce with the Brewers), outfielder Kristian Robinson (whose future in baseball is murky), and right-handed pitcher Ryan Weiss (94-95, slider is the very best of three secondary pitches). Another additions got here a number of weeks in the past, by way of former Dodger Edwin Uceta and switch-hitting catcher Jose Herrera, who was lastly wholesome and productive in 2021.
The Colorado Rockies made a number of no-brainer additions in Ezequiel Tovar (low-variance 45, particular shortstop, really feel for contact, not very bodily), Ryan Rolison, and Noah Davis (acquired from the Reds, sits 93, plus curveball) however didn’t shield Willie MacIver (Futures Recreation rep, athletic and quick for a catcher, viable third catcher on a 40-man proper now with upside past that), Mitchell Kilkenny (four-pitch fifth starter look), or Brayan Castillo (hard-throwing 21-year-old who had a hell of an tutorial league and was broadly seen).
The Los Angeles Dodgers additionally had some robust choices to make, which included DFA’ing DH Zach Reks to clear sufficient area so as to add all of their proficient younger hitters to the 40-man. Reks will most likely have a commerce market. Added in his (and Billy McKinney’s) stead was James Outman, one other lefty-hitting outfielder with higher defensive capability than both McKinney or Reks. He tasks as an excellent fourth outfielder. Among the many others added, super-utility man Eddys Leonard, glove-first shortstop Jacob Amaya, and short-levered second baseman Jorbit Vivas are all prone to percolate solely within the minors in 2022 (Amaya may come up sooner or later) however Michael Grove (above-average fastball and curveball) might play a small reduction position.
I watched Efraín Contreras‘ velocity arrive in an enormous manner final fall, and likewise watched him stroll off a mound with a coach after the San Diego Padres righty blew out and wanted offseason TJ, which value him all of 2021. Sufficient individuals noticed him escape throughout 2020 instructs that he could have been taken within the Rule 5 and stashed as a rehabber. Of their different provides, MacKenzie Gore’s strike throwing points persist, however he nonetheless has an impression fastball that would play out of an enormous league bullpen tomorrow if the Padres wanted it to. Eguy Rosario is a stable bench infielder, whereas Steven Wilson has a standard center reduction look.
The San Francisco Giants are one other crew that appears reticent so as to add unpolished younger pitchers to their 40-man. Seth Corry (plus curveball, 30 management) and Prelander Berroa (60 fastball, 50 slider, acquired from the Twins within the Sam Dyson catastrophe commerce) are the clearest examples of this, whereas no Ricardo Genovés add was additionally stunning given the membership’s present catching stock (Curt Casali, Joey Bart, and nothing else till Patrick Bailey after 2023) and their inferred doubts surrounding Bart. Puerto Rican outfielder Heliot Ramos was lastly added, as was 6-foot-11 strike-thrower Sean Hjelle and reliever Randy Rodriguez, who has an unimaginable slider.