There will be a roster cut soon for the San Diego Padres who currently have 51-men on their 40-man roster.
Five days after the 2019 World Series, all major league teams must have their 40-man rosters in order. This includes all IL’d players- who must be accounted for and placed on the roster as well. It is a hectic time for all major league franchises.
With 51-men on their current roster, there will be several moves made by the San Diego Padres as the offseason begins. The team will need to clear 11 men from the current major league-eligible roster, and that does not include if they want to protect or claim anyone from the Rule-5 draft which is in the latter part of the month. That is always a possibility as the Padres are indeed bargain hunters and they also have some men that might need to be added.
A.J. Preller and his staff will be busy this November. This we know for sure.
When a player is placed on the 60-day IL, the team is eligible to add another player to their roster. That is how the Padres have 51 men in the group.
The following 11 players are currently on the 60-day IL. Jacob Nix, Franchy Cordero, and Garrett Richards could return this season as each is rehabbing in the minors presently. Cordero does seem like a longshot though and could be shut down for the year.
Beyond those three, the other eight remaining men are essentially done with their 2019 season.
Tatis, Diaz, and Castillo will be retained for next season. Those three men are a lock, as are the three men currently on rehab (Nix, Richards, and Cordero). Ian Kinsler is under contract for next year and could be retained. Stock, Warren, Loup, and Kennedy are probably not going to make it through the roster purge in November, but that only clears four spots out of the eleven that are required.
There are three men on the 10-day IL currently.
Adrian Morejon and Francisco Mejia are not going anywhere, but Edwards didn’t show much in his short time with the club. He could return at some point this season but will need to pitch well not to be cut in November. He gives the club five of the required eleven roster spots.
Lastly on the roster, there are four men on the 40-man who are currently in the minors.
Currently in minors
Pedro Avila and Anderson Espinoza are both seriously hurt. They will miss all of the 2020 season. Torrens and Olivares are both young prospects. Though Torrens has a year’s worth of service time, he is still considered a young player. This group will probably provide no cuts in November unless the team wishes to risk Avila, Torrens or Wingenter in the open market.
This leaves us with roughly five or six men that must be cut from the active roster. (Craig Stammen will be leaving via free agency)
Luckily there are some men in this group of men that will not be retained. Mejias-Brean, Erlin, and Yardley jump off the page right away. Reyes is an interesting case as he is not considered a young prospect. He has top-velocity stuff but has struggled in the majors. Margevicius and Perdomo are young enough to avoid being cut. Guerra is someone to keep an eye on when cuts start coming. The Padres are fascinated with his pitching abilities, but he is certainly a project. Garcia is a clubhouse favorite and should make it through the cuts. Jankowski and Martini are competing against each other for playing time. This is a situation to keep an eye on in November.
The San Diego Padres can remove 11 men from the roster and not damage the team. It will take some calculated moves, and there will surely be a surprise or two. But it is possible.
It is also important to remember that a trade can also create roster space. The Padres can make several moves and quite frankly look poised to do so in the winter.
This offseason will be an interesting one for San Diego, and the transactions will start right away.