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Jed Hoyer discusses the Summer Camp roster and possible roster expansion heading into next season

4 years agoStaff Report

Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer joined Cubs 360 Summer Camp with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies discussing the roster heading into Summer Camp and the idea of roster expansion after the 2020 season. 

With the new, 60-game shortened season, every ballclub is allowed to carry up to 60 players on their roster heading into Summer Camp. The Cubs carried 50 players on their roster and Hoyer felt good about the strategy and their decision to carry less than 60.

“When we saw other teams go in as low as 40 or 45, it validated in our mind the right thing to do. You can’t take guys off the 60-man roster easily. You have to make a trade, release a player, outright a player or you can add guys very simply,” Hoyer said. “It made sense for us to do it in stages. Let’s get here, let’s figure out what’s going on, let’s see what kind of shape guys are in and then we can go with a more major league depth 60-man or if we want to add more prospects, we can do that as well.”

Each club will have a 30-man roster to begin the season and will fall to 26 players on their roster by the end of the season. Hoyer loved the idea of removing the September call-ups next season. 

“I think that would be wonderful. I think the April issue is every bit as big as September. I’ve always been a big proponent of getting rid of September call-ups. For me, the most important games of the whole year are played in September because that’s the pennant race and we now play those games with a totally new set of rules,” Hoyer said.

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