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What would you do with a 26-man roster?

Jan 18, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

Jonah Keri speculates that when the labor deal is revisited after the 2011 season the owners may offer up a 26th roster spot to the union in exchange for one thing or another.  Seems totally plausible to me.

He also assumes that rather than do something useful such as add a position player and increase platoon usage, most managers will add a 13th or 14th pitcher to the roster.  Also seems totally plausible to me.

If there was any justice in the universe, Bud Selig’s little competition committee would propose that teams (a) be limited to 11 pitchers on the roster at any given time; but (b) be given greater flexibility to shuttle pitchers up and down from the minors to deal with fatigue and injuries and stuff.  That way you would be able to enhance the game by increasing the possibility of more creative deployment of position players while not unduly taxing precious arms.

But then I remember that Tony La Russa is member of that committee and that we’ll all be lucky to escape this thing without there being a new rule mandating two pitching changes per inning.

  1. J.P. - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Only 11 roster spots would mean Ed Wade gets to overpay ALL his relievers. That or drive up the price for overhyped “shut down” relievers.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Personally, I’m not going to be one of those fans who sits around pretending he would actually know what to do if he sold his soul to a Bible salesman who looked like Ray Walston (and was dumb enough to miss the antennae in the first place) and found himself replacing the idiot manager who has always been the object of his ire and contempt (no names, of course). Exactly how I would go about handling twenty-six prima donnas, illiterate farmboys, guys playing despite hidden injuries like the Knights Who Say NI! because they think to do otherwise would addict them to Viagra fro life, guys sleepwalking through the first year of an insanely fat multiyear deal with a no trade clause, EYPs hoping the vets ahead of them tear a hamstring or two, whining to the Player’s Association of this or that, badmouthing a teammate to a journalist, keeping their lists of road strange up to date, ad infinitum. No, it would really be too far over my head for me to venture a strategy with a straight face.
    However, if I were Jeffrey Loria, once I overcame my horror at having to write that additional per diem check with every road trip and my paralysis abated somewhat, I would probably trade all 26 of them as soon as they approached their arbitration year for a driver ant swarm’s worth of EYP’s.

  3. Kevin - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    When I started following and studying baseball in the 60’s, each team had 9, maybe…. maybe…. 10 pitchers. They had 4 starters and 5 relievers… usually… one of whom could be an emergency starter, if needed. Because of this, each team always had ample reserves, even having the luxury of carrying 3 catchers, if wanted/needed.
    But with the advent of the 5-man rotation, middle relievers, long man, setup men, left-handed specialists, one-inning closers, etc., the pitching staff has grown to 12, on average.
    So, yeah… why not expand the roster to 26 ? It will be interesting to see what the owners want in return, tho, won’t it ?!?

  4. rogrmont - Jan 18, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    What are the chances of getting rid of the desinated hitter in exchange for the 26th player. I heard that might be getting tossed around.

  5. Son of Shane Mack - Jan 18, 2010 at 5:23 PM

    What are the chances of getting rid of the desinated hitter in exchange for the 26th player. I heard that might be getting tossed around.
    Trust me, it’s not happening. The American League is as likely to dispense with the DH as Congress is to sell Alaska back to the Russian. What do we need all that oil for anyway?

  6. elirock - Jan 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    well that would just be awesome. Although i have my doubts.

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