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Keep up to date here as teams start doing maintenance on their 40-man rosters.
While it may not receive as much attention as retirement announcements, end-of-season press conferences, or the managerial carousel, one tradition that takes places across Major League Baseball every autumn is the postseason 40-man roster purge. While some spots on the 40-man open up organically as players hit the free-agent market or retire, it’s usually necessary for teams to clear up extra 40-man spots in order to activate players from the 60-day injured list, protect eligible prospects from the Rule 5 Draft, and/or create flexibility in case they sign any major-league free agents.
While this can also be achieved by non-tendering arbitration-eligible players before the December 2 deadline, most teams elect to clean up their rosters by outrighting players on the fringes of the 40-man to the minor leagues in late October or early November. At this time of year, these transactions generally free up players to become six-year minor-league free agents, though some of them will end up returning to the clubs that outrighted them on minor-league deals.
The Brewers and Marlins kicked off the annual 40-man purge on October 16 with a series of outright assignments. Check back in here for more updates as moves continue to take place:
Brewers: INF/OF Hernán Pérez (October 16, refused assignment and elected free agency)
Marlins: RHP Héctor Noesi (October 16), C Tyler Heineman (October 16)