Hello and happy Sunday.
This time last week, the San Francisco Giants had used 51 players on the year. I thought it might stay that way.
And then they selected the contract of Tyler Chatwood, put him in a game, and arrived at 52 players.
They’re not going to catch their record-setting 2019 total of 64 players, but where will they end up?
There are no sure fire players left to be added. The Giants are too good to mess around with traditional September call-ups (especially now that September rosters have shrunk), so you can say goodbye to an Heliot Ramos or Sean Hjelle debut, unless the latter does so well in AAA that the Giants honestly think he’s ready for the bigs.
They have no one waiting in the wings — Kervin Castro is the only non-injured player on the 40-man roster who hasn’t appeared in the Majors this year, and the Giants surely learned their lesson about young, raw pitching prospects with the Camilo Doval and Gregory Santos experiments. And they’re unlikely to find an MLB talent that falls to them on the waiver wire.
But they’re also the Giants, so it shouldn’t be surprising if those things go the opposite of how I described them. Plus, just two days after the Giants signed Chatwood to a Minor League contract, they signed Matt Shoemaker to one. Chatwood and Shoemaker occupy the same part of your brain. If one can make it on to the roster, so can the other.
So put your predictions in: how many players do the Giants use when all is said and done?
Old, random MCC article for you to read
Yoenis Cespedes signs with not-Giants (Nov. 29, 2016 — Grant Brisbee)
What time do the Giants play today?
The Giants play the Oakland Athletics this afternoon at 1:07 p.m. PT.
Have a lovely Sunday, one and all.