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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

MLB clubs are eyeing final pieces to fill out their rosters

A scout’s perspective on how Opening Day rosters are assembled.

“The last two weeks are really the key,” long-time scout Bob Johnson told Man On Second Baseball. “That’s when you start to bear down. You have a pretty good idea of who is making the club. Everybody can name 20-22 players on every team. Everybody. But what you’re doing, and this is getting down to what scouting does in Spring Training, there’s still four slots to fill.”....

“GM’s have a list of targets. We would all have these six-year free agent lists. We would all have the end of options lists. A lot of teams have outs on contracts [for NRIs]. We’d know who those guys are. Those guys often were the targets of the scouts. Who is going to be released from this club, if they don’t make the club?”

After weeks of players in camp battling it out, these last few days of Spring Training are when the action will begin. This upcoming week should provide a late flurry of player movement before the regular season starts.

As fans follow along, playing GM at home or on social media, here’s an important tip to remember: The players currently in a big league camp aren’t the only candidates to make the Opening Day roster. There’s always surprises. There’s always players who appear to be “locks” to make the club who end up not being on the final 26. Often, a player cut elsewhere may be a better fit than what is on your roster.

The role of scouting plays an important part in all of this.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2021 at 10:26 PM | 0 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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