Over the past twenty-four hours the Indians have announced two moves to the 40-man roster. Brad Snyder, a 26-year old Bellevue, OH native was claimed by the Chicago Cubs. Snyder, a former first-round pick, and rated one of the top 5-tool players in the draft, never lived up to his hype. He only made one appearance in an Indians uniform and didn’t see the field. Snyder will not likely be added to the Cubs 40-man roster, once again exposing him to the Rule 5 draft, but he is highly unlikely to be snatched up by another team. Snyder’s biggest problem seemed to be contact with the ball as he averaged over a strikeout per game in every level of his minor league career, and didn’t bat higher than .263 in the last two seasons at AAA Buffalo.
Reid Santos, a 26-year old from Hawaii and a former 13th round pick by the Indians was also claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays when the Indians attempted to move him off of their 40-man roster. A former starter with an 8-3 record last season at Akron, he became strictly a reliever this year and had a 4-3 record with a 4.89 ERA between Buffalo and Akron.
The Indians 40-man roster now stands at 38 and expects to get lighter after the season. Other potential roster casualties could include Brian Slocum, Tom Mastny, Bryan Bullington, and David Dellucci. Players who have contracts that expire after the season that will likely not be re-signed include Juan Rincon, Brendan Donnelley, and Sal Fasano.
In the next few days I will post who I feel will be added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft.