Giants make roster decisions

The Giants made a series of moves this week to protect
minor-league prospects from being selected in the Rule 5 draft next month.

Players who have spent 4-5 years (based on the age when they
were signed) in an organization’s minor-league system are eligible to be
drafted by another club if those players are not added to their team’s 40-man
roster.

This week, the Giants added five players to their 40-man
roster: RHP Jose Casilla, RHP Steve Edlefsen, LHP Clayton Tanner, OF Thomas
Neal and SS Ehire Adrianza. The Giants also placed RHP Waldis Joaquin on
waivers and outrighted 1B Brent Pill to Triple-A Fresno, putting the 40-man
roster at 37 players.

That still leaves the Giants room on their 40-man roster to
add players by signing free agents, like re-signing players like Aubrey Huff or
Juan Uribe. The Giants could also create more room on their 40-man roster by
non-tendering players currently on the 40-man roster who are eligible for
arbitration this offseason. RHP Chris Ray, RHP Ramiro Ramirez and IF Mike
Fontenot are prime candidates to be non-tendered. The Giants have until Dec. 2
to tender players 2011 contracts.

Edlefsen, 25, is the most MLB-ready of these players. The
reliever went 7-2 with 2.38 ERA in 49 appearances for Triple-A Fresno last
season.

Casilla, the 21-year-old brother of Giants reliever Santiago
Casilla, was 4-1 with 1.16 ERA with 14 saves in 46 appearances at Class A.

Adrianza, 21, is a slick-fielding, but light-hitting
shortstop (.256) for Class A San Jose. Neal hit .291 with 12 HRs and 69 RBI for
Double-A Richmond. Tanner was 9-9 with 3.68 ERA in 27 starts for Richmond.

Also, in case you missed it, RHP Kevin Pucetas was sent to Kansas City as the PTBNL in the Jose Guillen trade. Pucetas, as you may recall, was one of the contenders for the No. 5 rotation spot for the Giants last spring, but ended up losing out to Todd Wellemeyer. 

Pucetas, 25, was 5-7 with 5.69 ERA for Triple-A Fresno last
season.

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