Detroit Tigers: 2 players who can benefit from rosters expanding

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As the Detroit Tigers continue with their 2021 season, they are heading towards the time when rosters expand. The team is going to have some decisions to make, and there are some fringy minor leaguers who are going to get another chance after rosters expand.

For those who are a little confused on how this works, the Detroit Tigers roster will “expand” hypothetically for the remainder of the season from September on. The Tigers’ normal 26-man roster will expand to the 40-man roster.

This means anyone on the 40-man roster will be able to don the Tigers uniform with fewer worries on the player movement and corresponding moves to keep the 26-man roster intact. The Tigers have a few players who will benefit from this; Daz Cameron and Isaac Paredes are two that come to mind.

Both of these players have spent time in the big leagues in 2021, but neither is currently on the big league roster. They are both likely going to get some looks again and benefit from the loosened roster rules for the rest of the 2021 season.

Daz Cameron and Isaac Paredes will benefit from the Detroit Tigers’ expanded roster.

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First up, let’s take a look at Daz Cameron. The Tigers acquired him back in 2017 in the Justin Verlander trade, and since then, he has broken into the big leagues more recently. This season, Cameron has been able to find his way into 25 games for the Tigers.

In his 25 games, he has totaled 85 plate appearances where he is slashing .177/.235/.342, which is not ideal, to say the least.

He’s someone who could make a difference if he can get a consistent role in the Tigers outfield or at least earn a few starts to try and get things right.

It seems like Cameron has just struggled to get things going for the Tigers when he gets his opportunities in the big leagues.

Cameron came back from an injury after the 2021 season had begun, and he has only logged 24 games at the Triple-A level, where his results are much more favorable.

With the Toledo Mud Hens, Cameron is slashing .307/.369/.485, which is interesting. He has struggled to get things going in the big leagues, and some more late-season opportunities might give him another opportunity to get right and figure it out.

Secondly, infielder Isaac Paredes, another player from the 2017 trade deadline. Paredes came from the trade that also brought the surging Tigers infielder, Jeimer Candelario, to the organization. He’s someone who has logged time in the big leagues in each of the last two seasons but has struggled to lock down a spot.

In 14 games in 2021, Paredes has just 47 plate appearances where he is slashing .256/.340/.410, which is not all that bad. If he got more of an opportunity, he may be able to start settling into a role with the Tigers. After the monumental call-up, his first chances with the team came in 2020, where he played 34 games and slashed .220/.278/.290 for the Tigers.

Call-ups for these guys might mean another chance to strut their stuff. The positive way to look at it would be that they can make a difference for this team if they make the most of a call-up and go on a tear offensively.

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Keep an eye on Cameron and Paredes as they look to benefit from the expanded rosters at the end of the season.