The Tigers turned in their finalized roster to MLB with one final addition. Virgil Vasquez, who pitched 28 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings in the AFL, had his contract purchased today. The streak is particularly impressive given the hitter friendly nature of the league.
The roster is set at 39 which means the team will be able to participate in the Rule 5 draft at the upcoming winter meetings. If they choose to participate I’d guess they would be looking for a lefty reliever. Of course if are going that route, they could have just added one of their own lefty relievers, Cory Hamman.
The Tigers, and other team, will have an extra year to not protect players thanks to changes in the new CBA. Previously players younger than 19 had to be added to the roster within 4 years of being signed and those older than 19 had a 3 year window. A year was added to both those time frames.
Here is the roster:
Eulogio De La Cruz
Overall I like the roster, but having both Neifi Perez and Ramon Santiago is a little disappointing. Seeing as Chris Shelton and Marcus Thames will probably be on the outside looking in for the 25 man roster the bench looks to be pretty weak offensively.