Tigers topics to mull over during the holiday

The Hot Stove season has been rather cool so far aside from new manager A.J. Hinch’s hire and a somewhat new coaching staff. But there are still some things for the Tigers and fans to think about as Thanksgiving nears and the non-tender date looms next week: 1) Why did

The Hot Stove season has been rather cool so far aside from new manager A.J. Hinch’s hire and a somewhat new coaching staff. But there are still some things for the Tigers and fans to think about as Thanksgiving nears and the non-tender date looms next week:

1) Why did the Tigers protect Alex Lange on the 40-man roster?
Lange doesn’t rank on MLB Pipeline’s Tigers Top 30 Prospects list, and the former Cubs first-round Draft pick moved to the bullpen as soon as the Tigers acquired him in the Nick Castellanos trade July 31, 2019. Yet it wasn’t a surprise when Detroit added him to the 40-man roster on Friday to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft.

There’s a reason for that, and it might have been hinted by Hinch’s recent comments on bullpen construction.

“One thing I’ve told everybody: I believe in multiple innings,” Hinch said. “I believe in guys getting up and down a couple times. And especially now, assuming the three-batter rule is in effect moving forward, it’s important for you to be able to get through pitch counts and growing pitch counts, or the…

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