Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 6/3/13
As part of the ongoing discussion on who should play for the Mets and who should be sent down, brought up, or traded for, one constant requirement remains: creating enough space on the 40 man roster to permit all these maneuvers to take place. For those needing a refresher, a team’s 40 man (or “expanded”) roster consists of all players on the major league team (generally 25 except for a temporary bump to 26 for day/night doubleheaders), plus 15 more players with the slots divided between minor leaguers and those on the 15-day disabled list. Players on the 60-day DL do not count toward the 40, thus moving a player from the 15-day DL to the 60-day will create a space. This was the case recently when Frank Francisco was moved to the 60-day to open a space for Omar Quintanilla. After a player has been in any team’s minor league system long enough (four or five years depending on their age when signed), they must be placed on the 40 if the team wishes to protect them from being  taken by...
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