Indians 40-man Review: Who Do They Add?
Will the Indians roster Corey Kluber? We'll
find out soon. (Photo: Tony Lastoria)
It is a time of the year when teams set their offseason rosters by adding players off the 60-day disabled list back to the active 40-man roster and add their important players from their minor league system that are up for roster protection. Once the November 19th date passes, any player in the organization who is not protected on the 40-man roster is eligible to be taken in the Rule 5 Draft in December. (For the specifics on what makes a player eligible for roster protection or what the Rule 5 Draft is go to the FAQ.)
While often ignored by the mainstream media and a majority of the fans, the offseason roster process is very important as teams finalize their plans for the offseason and setup a roster for the upcoming 2011 season. In addition, for the players involved in the process it is a huge deal to be added to the 40-man roster. While a player who is added to the 40-man roster can be optioned to the minors for three years or can be removed at any time, it's their biggest step to date in their quest to make the big leagues and a necessary one in order to get that "shot" in the near future.
To the players it is a very stressful time filled with a lot of hope and anxiety. It