The San Francisco Giants announced a few moves today. No trades or acquisitions, but their Spring Training Roster has been trimmed a bit.
The San Francisco Giants trimmed down their Spring training roster today, sending a handful of players down to their minor league camp. Merandy Gonzalez and Logan Webb were optioned to the minor league camp. John Andreoli, Jandel Gustave, Ryan Howard, and Hamlet Marte were all assigned re-assigned to the minor league camp. The difference in both mechanisms is due to roster designation. All of the players are still doing the same thing, but those who were optioned get that designation because they are on the 40-man-roster.
While I personally will be sad we didn’t get a longer look at Webb and Howard, nobody should be surprised any of these players got cut. None were a legitimate threat to a roster spot, and almost certainly were there to provide a “long look” for the big league staff and front office.
Merandy Gonzalez will likely be in the Sacramento rotation, while Logan Webb will certainly start in Richmond, but will potentially be fast-tracked. Andreoli, Howard, Gustave, and Marte are good candidates for Sacramento as well.
So who should be on notice for the next round of spring cuts? Well, it’s hard to use their spring stats as a reason why or why not they should stick around, but some obvious candidates are guys like Joey Bart, Carlos Navas, Hanser Alberto, and Anthony Garcia to name a few.
Cuts like these may not be due to performance as mentioned, but due to the fact that there is an extremely slim chance they end up on the big league roster. And who knows, maybe the next round of cuts is really large. Last year the Giants made their second to last roster cut nearly 15 players.
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As spring training winds down, more of these moves are expected to be happening, so don’t get worked up unless they cut Mark Melancon or something.