If MLB exercises an expanded roster for 2020, it could mean big leagues for eight players in particular, says The Denver Post’s Kyle Newman and Jeff Bailey.
Rapid fire: Jeff Hoffman, Josh Fuentes, Ubaldo Jiménez, Jesus Tinoco, Yonathan Daza, James Pazos, Ben Bowden, Jose Mujica. Newman and Bailey write a paragraph for each player, outlining what has made each a ‘bubble’ selection for a standard MLB roster.
Six of the eight listed players are pitchers. If play indeed resumes, it will likely come after some form of ‘spring training’ where pitchers can ramp up their arms; this on-ramp phase could easily be shorter than typical spring training. That may suggest early-season provisions where starters are limited in their pitch counts, and relievers could be handled with greater caution until the season hits full swing.
If MLB goes heavy on doubleheaders, Hoffman and Jiménez could be in line for some starts. Newman says Tinoco, Pazos, Bowden and Mujica would presumably be in line for bullpen spots.
Mujica missed all of 2019 due to Tommy…