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The Red Seat Podcast: The impending roster crunch

When guys get healthy, who stays and who goes?

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Welcome back to another edition of “The Red Seat” podcast! On today’s episode of the show we are diving into all things 26-man roster. With Enrique Hernández, Danny Santana, and Christian Arroyo all about to be healthy enough to be activated some moves are going to need to be made. Keaton and I spend a good chunk of this podcast exploring what moves make the most sense and whether or not they should continue to utilize a three-man bench.

We give you our optimized lineup and then begin the discussion of Jarren Duran. How long until the hot-hitting Duran forces his way onto this roster? How long should it be, how long will it be? What about Triston Casas, who is arguably even hotter up at Double-A Portland? How long until Casas earns a promotion to Triple-A Worcester? When he does, how long will he stay before he is up contributing to the big-league team?

We then dive into the struggles of the bullpen as of late. How long can they continue to keep guys like Austin Brice, Phillips Valdez, and Josh Taylor on this roster? Who goes and who stays? Do they need to utilize the back end of the bullpen differently? Is Hirokazu Sawamura being optimized? Who can help them from the minor leagues? Do they need to look outside the organization to fill this gap?

Lastly, we answered a bunch of your listener questions before ending the show.

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