On Sunday, the Giants made three more cuts, giving them a much clearer picture of what their 26-man roster will be coming, giving them a total of 11 players cut over the last week.
The Giants are now left with 31 players officially still in camp (even though those in ‘minor league camp’ are still playing with them), with five more cuts to make before Opening Day. The team is likely to have 13 position players and 13 pitchers. From the 40-man roster, they have 13 position players still in camp, though only with four outfielders, if you include Mauricio Dubon.
The cuts now will focus on the bullpen. The team has 14 pitchers from the 40-man roster still in camp, as well as three non-roster invitees. Dominic Leone, Zack Littell, and Nick Tropeano will all be fighting for a difficult spot to nab. Pitchers on the 40-man roster with options like Caleb Baragar may be at risk, as well as recent free agent signings like José Álvarez. There’s also some question as to whether starter Alex Wood will be ready for the season, opening the door for Logan Webb to be in the rotation after an impressive spring.
The team has already made some difficult choices.
One of the earlier cuts that was a bit of a surprise was optioning infielder Jason Vosler, who was off to a hot start in the spring, and was still looking good, despite cooling off a little. With Evan Longoria at that point having still not played in the field in any games, it seemed that he had a chance to be at least among the last-minute changes.
More recently, Jimmy Sherfy had shown an impressive slider, but it wasn’t enough to break through for a major league spot yet.
One of Sunday’s cuts includes pitcher Shun Yamaguchi, who was reported to have an opt-out if he didn’t make the big league roster in the spring. It’s unclear as of Sunday afternoon whether he would opt out, or stay with the Giants in the minors.