Manning among 4 added to Tigers’ 40-man

The Tigers’ pipeline of pitching prospects continues to churn players toward Detroit’s roster. The team added four pitchers — all former first-round picks — to its 40-man roster on Friday, protecting them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft. Right-handers Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and Alex Lange join left-hander Joey Wentz

The Tigers’ pipeline of pitching prospects continues to churn players toward Detroit’s roster. The team added four pitchers — all former first-round picks — to its 40-man roster on Friday, protecting them from next month’s Rule 5 Draft.

Right-handers Matt Manning, Alex Faedo and Alex Lange join left-hander Joey Wentz on the roster ahead of Friday’s 6 p.m. ET deadline. With those moves, not only is the Tigers’ 40-man roster full, it’s also stocked with young talent, including seven of MLB Pipeline’s top 10 Tigers prospects.

The Rule 5 Draft each December allows teams to add young talent by plucking prospects who aren’t on other organizations’ 40-man rosters. Players first signed at age 18 or younger must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons, or they become eligible to be drafted. Players signed at age 19 or older have to be protected within four seasons. Clubs pay $100,000 to select a player in the Major League phase of the Rule 5 Draft. If that player doesn’t stay on the 26-man roster for the full season, he must be offered back to his former team for $50,000.

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