Detroit Tigers: Major League Baseball could expand 60-man player pool

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The Detroit Tigers may be pressing on with their 2020 season, but their 60-man player pool could see some more players join it sooner than later.

While the Detroit Tigers continue to play on with their regular season, they may have to add some names to their 60-man player pool. It has been rumored that Major League Baseball is going to have organizations add fifteen games to the 60-man player pool amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Tigers may see players like Kody Clemens get their shot in the big leagues if they add him to the 60-man player pool should this become true. The Tigers could add plenty of prospects to their 60-man player pool, but first, the league will need to follow through and make this become a reality.

While the Tigers “hot start” has been squandered by continued struggles against the Cleveland Indians, a conversation for another time, this could allow them some prospect flexibility. While the league is hoping to help out, the organization’s across the league with this possible expansion.

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With the 2020 trade deadline approaching at the end of August, teams are going to be looking to make deals or trades if they are looking to make a postseason push. Under current rules, ONLY players who have been named to the 60-man player pool can be dealt at the deadline.

This new rule allowing organizations to add fifteen players to the player pool would allow the Tigers to add players who they may include in any trades. While dealing with any prospects at the deadline would be stupid, there is a hypothetical situation where the Tigers are “buyers.”

The Tigers could totally benefit from this as they could add some prospects to their alternate training site. While this may not benefit the organization itself, it would benefit the alternate training site for the prospects who are named as part of the expansion.

Given that this expansion goes through, the Tigers would have more people, and they could have more players available to run things like intra-squads consistently. On top of the trade deadline upside the expansion would bring, they would have benefits at the alternate training site itself.

Adding fifteen prospects also benefits the prospects because they most likely have not been able to participate in high-level development and practice that they will be able to get with the Tigers coaching staff.

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The Detroit Tigers may be continuing with their season, but they may have to decide which players they may want to add to their 60-man player pool.