Among the many wrinkles in the 60-game season of 2020 is the roster.
Teams will open with 30 active players for the first two weeks of the season. The roster is cut to 28 for the third and fourth weeks, then to 26 for the final two weeks (which would have been the roster total in 2020 if it was a normal season).
Each team will also designate 60 eligible players for the season. About half will be inactive and training at an alternate site from the active roster. They are separated as yet another mitigation step against coronavirus.
Teams are allowed to carry three players on a road trip “taxi squad” in case a roster change is needed. No more flying same-day from Fresno. Those players will not receive service time unless they are activated. If a team carries the full three players with them, one must be a catcher.
With that understanding, here’s an educated guess about who will initially be on the Nationals’ 30-man roster.
Michael A. Taylor
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