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what are the chances that he makes the 25 man roster? If I understand correctly, he is out of options so its either he makes the 25 man roster or must pass through waivers, which I don't think he will. With a 95-98mph fastball he is too good a talent to just be released. I would rather take a chance on him even if he doesn't pan out over the likes of a Jack Taschner, Vinnie Chulk or even Steve Kline to start the season. Please give some input on this topic because I am not quite clear on the situation.
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I'd say he's got a 30-40% chance, but the bullpen is very, very crowded.

The good news is that there are often a lot of players that teams are attempting to pass through waivers, and 25-man rosters are often set already, so there are not many teams willing to take players, because for him to be claimed, he'd have to be added to another team's 25-man roster. Often, teams will then try moving the player back to the minors again, but it's not too common.

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I'd say he's got a 30-40% chance, but the bullpen is very, very crowded.



crowded with what? that was a bad bullpen last year. i dont think the giants are in any position to release merkin, he has talent and its not like they'll compete much this year anyways. i dont see why they should waste another year with kline. i dont agree with them possibly keeping 3 catchers, that extra roster spot should go for a arm. they gotta take a risk eventually.

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I agree 100% with FATAL -- there is no reason that guys like Kline, Taschner, Chulk or Messenger should not lose their jobs if they struggle in the Spring.

If Merkin is healthy and effective he should be kept on the team.

3 catchers is retarded -- and Roberts should be traded with us paying most of his stupid salary.
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The team will be bad for a while, I see no reason not to hang onto a guy that might possibly have a future.
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If he continues to pitch like he did yesterday, he will be in the pen...

That was just one game [sign in to see URL]'ll see what he's got later...

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Instead of 3 catchers and 11 pitchers, I think Giants should consider taking 13 pitchers out of camp and thinning the herd in the OF. At least for the first month of the season.




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I agree Chef...

3 catchers is absurd! Especially with our bullpen and mangagements traditional ways of using 3 relievers per inning.

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Can someone clue me in on the thinking of this team carrying three catchers? Did someone turn into the second coming of Mike Piazza or something?

BTW, sorry to reference a former [sign in to see URL] he was the first "All Hit, No D" catcher that came to mind.
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"Can someone clue me in on the thinking of this team carrying three catchers? Did someone turn into the second coming of Mike Piazza or something? "

there stupid?
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