Pittsburgh Pirates: Three Players Who Can Benefit From Expanded Rosters

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FORT MYERS, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 29: A general view during the spring training game between the Minnesota Twins and the Pittsburgh Pirates at Century Link Sports Complex on February 29, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

If there is a 2020 MLB season it will almost assuredly feature expanded rosters and three Pittsburgh Pirates players could benefit from this

As optimism continues to grow that there will be some form of a MLB season in 2020, the discussion begins to center around what that season will look like. Almost assuredly teams will be playing in different divisions, different stadiums, and with different rosters than they are used to. This will lead to a much different season than fans of the Pittsburgh Pirates are used to seeing.

There have been a couple of different ideas discussed by the MLB. Those ideas have been covered here on the site on multiple occasions, so we will not going into much detail, but one of the changes that is all but assured would be expanded rosters.

MLB rosters were already going to be larger in 2020 with them growing from 25 man rosters to 26. Now it appears rosters will be even larger than that if the 2020 season is played, and that is for a few reasons.

There will be a shortened ‘spring training’ before the season begins. Due to it being shortened, most pitchers are unlikely to be stretched out when the season begins. So in an effort to try and preserve their healthy, MLB will likely allow teams to carry extra players to start the season.

Another reason for expanded rosters is that there is a decreasing likelihood of a minor league season being played. So by expanding rosters, baseball creates opportunities for players that would otherwise be left without a place to play.

Now to turn our attention to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Assuming there are expanded rosters in 2020, which Pirate players are set to benefit from it?