2019 will be the last year that MLB teams can invite their entire 40-man roster when September 1st rolls around. In the new CBA that goes into effect in 2020, the active roster will increase from 25 to 26 for the full year and can increase up to, but no more than, 28 in September. While I don’t expect for the Braves to go crazy with roster call-ups in September, Anthopoulos did state that there will be a few immediate call-ups on September 1, but not a lot as Gwinnett will also be in the playoff hunt. Once that plays out, there could be a few more, but I still wouldn’t expect more than 2-3 extra additions
The statement above should come with an asterisk because there are so many guys that will definitely be up when rosters expand if they are healthy. The asterisks on this list are Nick Markakis, Brian McCann, Ender Inciarte, Austin Riley, and Johan Camargo. I expect both Nick and Ender come mid to late September, McCann within a week, Riley when deemed healthy to play, and Camargo after Gwinnettâ€™s season is over (needs ABs).
After the above 5, there are guys that Iâ€™m almost 100% positive will be up when Gwinnettâ€™s season is over, and those are the guys that have been riding the Gwinnett to ATL to Gwinnett shuttle all season AND have been performing at a high rate: Bryse Wilson, Jeremy Walker, and AJ Minter have earned the right to come back up and pitch some innings. So, thereâ€™s 8 additions already (WOW!). Who else?
Do they still exist?
Both Darren Oâ€™Day and Grant Dayton are on 60-Day IL stints. Both are pitching at Gwinnett, and both will have served over 60 days when September arrives. If they are deemed healthy, the Braves will have some decisions to make: activate and DFA 40-man player(s) or DFA them. Neither is an easy choice as Oâ€™Day, if healthy, could really help in the postseason and Dayton is a good lefty with a lot of control left. I think if either are ready to pitch, Anthopoulos will make room for them, likely in the form of cutting Chad Sobotka, Adeiny Hecchavaria, Rafael Ortega, or even guys like Josh Tomlin or Jerry Blevins who arenâ€™t controlled after this season. Granted, 3 of those guys are veterans that have helped the club and it would look pretty bad should they be let go when theyâ€™re actually performing well.
Then againâ€¦Anthopoulos has a job to do and in that job description, thereâ€™s no fine print that says â€œDo the right thingâ€.
But we havenâ€™t really gotten to the meat of this piece and that is the question that might be on the minds of many Braves fans: If neither Nick Markakis or Ender Inciarte prove healthy enough to be postseason ready, will the Braves really roll with what they got?
Maybeâ€¦but maybe not.
Andruw Jones Territory? Not quite, but…
Drew Waters, fresh off a Double-A MVP season is playing good baseball at Gwinnett. At only 20 years of age, itâ€™s not likely that AA wants to start his arb-clock, but we arenâ€™t talking about May and manipulating a guyâ€™s time to get an extra season. We are talking about the gosh darned playoffs and sometimes it takes an Andruw Jones type talent to get the call in the postseason.
I donâ€™t think that Drew Waters gets added to the 40-man roster tomorrow. That would make him postseason eligible without any caveats. However, there is a condition that states a player can be added to the active roster if they are already in the organization by 8/31 and if they are taking an injured playerâ€™s postseason spot.
So yesâ€¦thereâ€™s a window, and that window for Drew Waters likely comes at the expense of one of the veterans in Markakis and Inciarte saying, â€œSorry Snitâ€¦I just canâ€™t go.â€
Max Fried is going to win a Cy Young someday, folks. Mark it.
Damn, Ortega has had so many near misses.
I guess an off day every now and again is good for the offense, huh?
Someone wanna tell Snitker?
Sigh, there’s the Tyler we know.
Well I hope that doesn’t come back to haunt them.
Chipper Jones broadcaster > Jeff Francouer
Tyler’s had some great swings tonight.
Was really hoping Chip would do the game from the bleachers shirtless, a la Harry.
Varsity is looking like he might be a pitcher, ain’t he?
Freddie, come on.
Does Fried even escape this with a quality start?
I’m not sure how you go with an elevated fastball there in that count.
Fried has been Grybo’d too many times to count this year.
Oy yoy yoy. I shoulda kept my big mouth shut.
Flowers sure has earned his major league leading passed ball total. He’s done it in hundreds fewer innings than the other guys in the top 3!
It kinda feels like Fried has been the AntiJulio this year, where he looks dominant for most of the game but somehow still allows a similar number of runs as Julio, who always seems like he’s given up 3x the runs he actually has.
Bummer about that sterling ERA.
The new net most urgently needed at SunTrust is about a yard or two behind the home plate umpire when Flowers is catching.
It’s so good to see Ozzie hot again.
Just get the 27th out please.
Nats win 7-6.
Swarzak really has struggled since coming off the IL.
Swarzak feels like the Shane Carle of 2019. And just like Carle, it might be time to thank him for his time wearing the tomahawk and look elsewhere.
Acuna had a good 0 for 4 tonight. His first two at bats were hit hard, solid contact, what we needed to see.
Ryan…no drinking while posting please. We have as much chance of cutting Hech as flying. Observe, he is gold dust when it matters.
Dansby hit most things hard, nothing to show for it.
Charlie…lie down, sleep.
The General’s mind was still in Biarritz. ATTENTION!!
Huge error by Freddie goes unpunished.
@26 It might ultimately be that the General gets released and O’Day takes his spot.
His skids in the seventh
we’d rather prefer the eleventh
that would show, at the least, great durability
hardly, though, the utmost utility.
Yeah, I think O’Day may ultimately usurp Swarzak’s spot.
On Hech, you are absolutely correct…for now. However, he doesn’t have the offensive track record he’s been showing since donning God’s uniform. If that falters, then he just becomes a defensive replacement and that’s not going to make the postseason.