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Detroit Tigers: Christian Bethancourt, Edgar Olmos would make for versatile depth pieces

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat with an official postseason logo is seen on the bat rack in the udgout againstthe New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 18: A detail of a Detroit Tigers hat with an official postseason logo is seen on the bat rack in the udgout againstthe New York Yankees during game four of the American League Championship Series at Comerica Park on October 18, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Reliever Christian Bethancourt #12 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch in seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 10-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 06: Reliever Christian Bethancourt #12 of the San Diego Padres throws a pitch in seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. The Dodgers won 10-2. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /

Versatility

Defensive flexibility, as well as the ability to pitch in multiple roles, is becoming more and more important in today’s game, so having as much versatile depth as possible would certainly benefit the Detroit Tigers.

At worst, they’d be useful players to have available at Triple-A Toledo.

Once again, this is all speculative mind you, but here are two hypothetical depth adds for the Detroit Tigers.

Christian Bethancourt

Formerly one of the game’s more promising catching prospects, the Bethancourt is a free agent after most recently playing for the San Diego Padres.

The backstop, who is also just 26-years-old, pitched extensively for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in 2017.

Bethancourt racked up 41.2 innings, allowed 60 hits, 40 runs (38 earned), 33 walks and eight home runs. He also struck out 23.

Those aren’t exactly numbers to write home about, but the former Padre has a blazing fastball and a cannon of an arm behind the dish.

During a rebuild, the Detroit Tigers need to get creative in how they bring in talent.

Taking a flier on Bethancourt as a two-way player and letting him develop on both sides of the ball as at either Double-A Erie or Triple-A Toledo could pay significant dividends down the line.

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