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First Pitch: The Other Trade Deadline, and Playoff Rosters

First Pitch: The Other Trade Deadline, and Playoff Rosters

In less than 24 hours the playoff rosters will have to be set. If you haven't read James Santelli's article detailing the rules for playoff rosters, you need to do that now. A big takeaway from that article is that the playoff roster deadline is a soft deadline. For the purposes of the Pirates, the players eligible for the playoff roster include guys on the 25-man roster, and guys on the disabled list. But anyone who is on the disabled list on August 31st, and remains on the disabled list when the playoffs roll around can be replaced.

The Pirates will have three of these players: Michael McKenry, Phil Irwin, and Jeff Karstens. They could add more if players who are on the playoff roster get added to the disabled list and can't play in the playoffs. It's because of these flex spots that tomorrow's deadline won't matter as much. I doubt we're going to see any moves, since all of the guys in the majors have a good shot at being on the playoff roster. The only guy who would be ineligibl...

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