Last week came the announcement that the Padres had made room on the 40-man roster by designating Jaff Decker, Brad Brach, & Miles Mikolas (along with Jose De Paula) for assignment. That meant the Padres had the following options:
- Return the player to the 40-man roster within 10 days from the date of designation, or
- Make one of the following contractual moves:
- Place the player on waivers (which can only be done within the first 7 days of the 10-day period)
- Trade the player
- Release the player
- Outright the player from the 40-man roster into the Minor Leagues
The news came as something of a shock to some, as all three had accrued some Major League time. But I had no problem with it, as the Padres have a glut of talent to protect on the 40-man and only 40 spots to do it with. And, to be honest, it’s a nice problem to have.