Detroit Tigers: Predicting 2020 Opening Day roster

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DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers, Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers, Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers and Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting a walk-off single in the ninth inning to drive in Candelario and defeat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 at Comerica Park on September 15, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 15: Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Nicholas Castellanos #9 of the Detroit Tigers, Ian Kinsler #3 of the Detroit Tigers, Shane Greene #61 of the Detroit Tigers and Jeimer Candelario #46 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting a walk-off single in the ninth inning to drive in Candelario and defeat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 at Comerica Park on September 15, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /
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DETROIT, MI – JUNE 27: Miguel Cabrera #24 of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with Mikie Mahtook #15 of the Detroit Tigers after hitting a three-run home run against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning at Comerica Park on June 27, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images) /

Detroit Tigers fans could see an extremely different-looking team in the next few years as prospects reach the Majors. Here’s a look at how the 2020 roster could look.

Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila made some franchise-altering moves this season.

The general manager traded a host of veteran players for prospects.

Traded away players include Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, J.D. Martinez, Alex Avila and Justin Wilson.

While the moves significantly weakened Detroit’s current team, the trades significantly improves the outlook for the future.

Al Avila’s wheeling and dealing netted the Tigers a promising haul of prospects, including starting pitchers Franklin Perez, Grayson Long and Elvin Rodriguez, outfielder Daz Cameron, catcher Jake Rogers and infielders Jeimer Candelario, Isaac Paredes, Sergio Alcantara, Jose King and Dawel Lugo.

The group, along with 2017 draft picks Alex Faedo, Rey Rivera, Joey Morgan and Sam McMillan, added some much-needed talent and depth to the Tigers farm system.

Take some of the aforementioned prospects and add them to a mix that includes starters Matt Manning, Kyle Funkhouser, Beau Burrows and outfielders Christin Stewart and Mike Gerber, and there’s plenty of reasons to be excited about the Detroit Tigers future.

This is all speculative mind you, but here’s a look at how the franchise’s 2020 Opening Day roster could look.

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