Before Shannon Drayer tweeted this, I had not even considered the 40-man roster as a consideration in keeping Garland.
At the time we cannot commit a rotation spot to him or a roster spot. -Zduriencik
If my inference is correct, Zduriencik brought Garland in as depth if none of the young guys looked like a good option this spring. But with Ramirez/Beaven doing okay and Maurer impressing, Garland just wasn't worth taking up a 40-man spot.
Why is that? Because the talent in our farm system is so top-heav.
First, the 15 40-man players not on the 25-man.
- Anthony Fernandez, SP
- Danny Hultzen, SP
- Hector Noesi, SP
- Bobby LaFromboise, L RP
- Yoervis Medina, R RP
- Chance Ruffin, R RP
- Vinnie Catricala, 3B/OF
- Alex Liddi, 3B/1B
- Francisco Martinez, CF
- Carlos Triunfel, UT INF
- Julio Morban, CF
- Carlos Peguero, C OF
- Eric Thames, C OF
- 1 of Maurer/Beavan/Ramirez, SP
- Josh Kinney if on 15-day DL
I find Noesi, Medina, Ruffin, Catricala, Liddi, Triunfel, and Thames as least desirable. So that's 7 spots available for top prospects. I don't know much about roster construction and whether there are normally a certain number of spots for IF/OF/SP/RP, but that is 1 SP, 2 RP, 2 OF, 2 IF.
These are the guys I expect to play on the Mariners within the next two years that are not currently on the 40-man roster. I don't know that much about prospects, so this is based on mlb.com Top 20 prospects ETA's with a few added who impressed this spring.
- Zunino, C ETA 2013
- Maurer, SP ETA 2013
- Nick Franklin, SS/2B ETA 2013
- James Paxton, SP ETA 2013
- Brad Miller, SS ETA 2014
- Stefen Romero, 3B ETA 2014
- Walker, SP ETA 2014
1 C, 3SP, 3 IF replacing 1 SP, 2 FP, 2 OF, 2 IF, which, wow our OF prospects are nonexistent.
So that's seven players to replace the seven I picked out. Perfect, except the FO probably has less than seven players that they're willing to take off the 40-man roster. It's a good problem to have, and once the organization has too many players to fit on the 40-man is when can start trading excess packages for Stanton-like players.