In estimating the 2013 payroll, I had to make some guesses on which players would return. Some of the guesses I didn't like making. There are some players who I feel could be candidates to be removed from the 40-man roster, but I left them on the 40-man. I explained that this was done because it really doesn't impact the payroll. But which guys were candidates?
First, I'd have to say that the future doesn't look good for the guys who were left in Triple-A at the end of the year. The Pirates called up almost anyone who could help them down the stretch. They didn't call up Yamaico Navarro, Matt Hague, or Daniel McCutchen. The only other player who didn't come up on the 40-man roster was Duke Welker, although he was coming off an injury. It's only speculation based on their assignments at the end of the year, but it doesn't look good that these three guys weren't called on when the team needed help and could call up anyone on the 40-man roster.
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