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Why Garland Was Cut

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.

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.

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.

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