40-Man Roster Set
The Twins added three players to their 40-man roster today. Rosters were due to the league office by tonight's deadline, and while players could be added or dropped through free agency and trades later in the off-season, none of the players on the roster can be selected by other teams in the the Rule 5 Draft in early December.
The three players added to the roster were Matt Macri, Bobby Korecky, and Matt Tolbert. None of the three players come as a surprise, as all three needed to be protected from other teams.
Matt Macri came over to the Twins in the Ramon Ortiz trade, and played well for the Red Wings after the trade, and also played well in the AFL after the season ended.
Korecky is a stud reliever, and led the International League, and set a new Rochester team record in saves with 35. Korecky already has 105 career saves in the minor leagues, and could be a future setup man (or closer I suppose) for the team.
The final player was Matt Tolbert, and this isn't even a tiny bit surprising. Tolbert probably should have been added in September, but the Twins chose Buscher and a few other over him. Tolbert can play second and third, and hit in the upper .300's for most of the 2007 season.
While none of these players come as surprises, there are two players that I expected to be taken off. I didn't expect the Twins to keep Darnell McDonald or Chris Basak on the 40-man, but they did. There is a chance they'll come off later, and I'd be very surprised if Basak was on the roster when the season rolls around.
[Torii Hunter has said that he plans on selecting a team after the holiday. I'll have more on that tomorrow.]