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Detroit Tigers: Three Players Who Could Improve Bench

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Aug 5, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Andrew Romine (27) and center fielder Anthony Gose (12) celebrate after the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Detroit won 2-1.Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 5, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers third baseman Andrew Romine (27) and center fielder Anthony Gose (12) celebrate after the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Detroit won 2-1.Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 7, 2016; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Casey McGehee (31) at bat during a spring training game against the New York Mets at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

Casey McGehee INF, Toledo Mud Hens

Already in the minor league system, Casey McGehee is one of the better depth pieces in the Detroit Tigers’ organization.

Currently with the Mud Hens, McGehee spent Spring Training with the Tigers and was a productive contributor. The former Brewer posted a .316 batting average, eight runs scored, six RBI, a pair of doubles and a home run in just 38 at-bats. He also walked seven times compared to just four strikeouts.

The case can be made that if Nick Castellanos were not on the roster, McGehee probably could have made the team.

So far in the regular season, the corner infielder has continued to produce at a solid rate. So far in 34 games for Toledo, the veteran is hitting .264 with a .329 on-base percentage. He’s also added nine RBI, five doubles, two stolen bases and a home run.

Right off the bat (pun!) McGehee would be an immediate offensive upgrade over the likes of Aviles and Romine.

Able to play both first and third base, the 33-year-old would likely force one of Romine or Aviles off the roster. However, the trade off may be worth it—especially if McGehee can rediscover his 2014 form.

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During the 2014 season with Miami, the infielder hit .287 and posted a .355 on-base percentage while chipping in with 76 RBI, 56 runs scored and 29 doubles.

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