Monday Morning Roster Review

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The signing of David Aardsma and Dana Eveland over the weekend were good news; their assignment to Gwinnett was confusing.

 The Roster

We still have no insight about the rationale behind sending two badly needed pitchers to Gwinnett except one vague comment that it’s the way they are going handle such signings from now on. Whether that’s a reaction the the way veterans have performed after signing or simply a way to let them juggle the roster and make all necessary moves at once we can’t know.

In the end it matters little as both players opted out because they weren’t on a major league roster and were undoubtedly promised a major league role when they signed. Who stays and who goes when they do arrive is an interesting question. According to the Braves roster page this is the way it shakes out this morning.

On 25 Man On 40 man
Pitchers Pitchers
Luis Avilan Mauricio Cabrera *
Trevor Cahill Manny Banuelos *
Brandon Cunniff Yean Carlos Gil *
Mike Foltynewicz Sugar Ray Marimon *
Jason Grilli Michael Kohn *
Jim Johnson Tyrell Jenkins *
Cody Martin Infielders
Nick Masset Adonis Garcia *
Williams Perez Jose Peraza *
Shelby Miller Elmer Reyes *
Julio Teheran Outfielders
Alex Wood Eury Perez *
Catchers 10
Christian Bethancourt 15 Day DL
A.J. Pierzynski Kelly Johnson 15-day DL *
Infielders Phil Gosselin 15-day DL *
Pedro Ciriaco 2
Freddie Freeman 60 Day DL
Chris Johnson Josh Outman 60-day DL **
Juan Uribe Daniel Winkler 60-day DL **
Jace Peterson Chris Withrow 60-day DL **
Andrelton Simmons Shae Simmons 60-day DL **
Outfielders Mike Minor 60-day DL **
Todd Cunningham 5
Jonny Gomes Restricted List
Cameron Maybin Arodys Vizcaino Restricted **
Nick Markakis Andrew McKirahan Restricted **
Joey Terdoslavich Dian Toscano Restricted **
25 3
* = Not Active ** = Not counted on 40 Man
  • Players on the 15 day DL aren’t active but are counted on the 40 man roster.
  • Players on the 60 day DL or restricted list aren’t counted on the 40 man roster.
  • So the total active players on both rosters this morning is 35.
  • Kelly Johnson is rehabbing and could return in a couple of weeks. He’ll replace Cunningham probably JoeyT as Lee pointed out Cunningham backs up in center; no change in numbers.
  • The Braves will hold roster sports for Vizcaino, McKirahan and Toscano because they will all be off the restricted list in the next 45 days. . .we hope. That’s 38
  • Gosselin will return at some point and replace Ciriaco no change in numbers.

The Braves could add the two new pitchers now and the roster would effectively have 40 players and be full.

As was pointed out below the two players 15 day DL guys count so on the 40 man. While the Braves could add the two pitchers now it would leave only one spot open for the players returning from the restricted list. When the other two return roster moves would have to be made.

The administriva complete for now, the next question is why aren’t they up now?