November 19, 2008
Right now, when looking over the 2008 Indians Rule 5 Eligibles list there are many possibilities as to who gets rostered. In recent years, the Indians added three players (2004), five players (2005), two players (2006), and five players (2007) to the 40-man roster in total before the deadline. Knowing this, it seems like the Indians may only roster as many as five players this year. They could go as high as six, but that seems like a reach at this point.
In any case, the five players who look like they will be rostered are: 1B Jordan Brown, OF Trevor Crowe, C Carlos Santana, RHP Hector Rondon, and RHP Jeff Stevens. If they add a sixth player, it should really come down to C/INF/OF Chris Gimenez, LHP Chuck Lofgren, and OF/1B Stephen Head. Other possibilities include RHP Frank Herrmann, RHP Neil Wagner, RHP Randy Newsom, and LHP Ryan Edell.
Some may wonder why teams wait so long to announce these roster additions. There are many reasons for this, but it may quite simply be teams just choose to wait until the last second to roster a player. Since they are getting a long look at most of these roster eligibles in the Arizona Fall League and in the Latin American winter leagues, they likely wait to the last second to make a decision.
Of course, there are also trades being considered, so a team may not want to clog up the 40-man roster until the last second because if they fill it right away and then complete a trade where they send non 40-man prospects for a few players who need added to the 40-man, they then have to turn around and waive a few guys on the 40-man. They ultimately have to do this down the road anyway after the deadline, but again it goes back to the original point where the team may just choose to wait as long as possible in order to avoid making unnecessary moves.
Anyway, hopefully something is announced today, and when it is it should be posted here as soon as possible.