I will sing, sing a new song
Yes, the above lyric is from U2’s “40,” because today is the day the Indians had to set their 40-man roster in advance of the upcoming Rule 5 Draft — and they certainly took their sweet time doing so. (Why is that song named “40” anyway? I’ve never really understood it or looked into it, though I’m sure there has to be some reason that I’m missing. Anybody know?)
Actually, it’s a 39-man roster. One spot was left open for an offseason acquisition between now and the Draft, which takes place Dec. 11 at the Winter Meetings. Or, of course, the Indians could use that spot to claim an unprotected player from another organization, though that’s hardly been their history.
In any event, five guys were protected from the Rule 5 today: C Carlos Santana, OF Trevor Crowe, C Chris Gimenez and RHPs Jeff Stevens and Hector Rondon.
No surprises there. As far as those left unprotected, 1B Jordan Brown, the former Carolina Leauge and Eastern League MVP, is there for the taking, as is LHP Chuck Lofgren and RHPs T.J. Burton, Randy Newsom and Frank Herrmann. Those are the names that jumped out to me, at least.
Brown has the potential to be a tough loss to swallow. On the whole, though, I’d say the Indians made the right choices with this tight roster.
Also today, as reported on the Indians.com site, David Huff was named the Bob Feller Award winner as the organization’s top Minor League pitcher in ’08, and Beau Mills was named the Lou Boudreau Award winner as the Minors’ top position player.
UPDATE: In the comments below and in my e-mail inbox, people are concerned about Kelvin De La Cruz being swiped by another club. According to the list given to me by the Indians’ player development staff, De La Cruz is not Rule 5 eligible. And even if he were, it’s hard to imagine him sticking in the Majors, considering he’s only had very limited exposure to any level about low-A ball.
As for U2, this former Catholic school boy should have known the “40” connection. Thanks for the help with that.
Both U2 and Springsteen are releasing new albums and touring next year, so 2009 has De La Cruz-like potential.