I don't care about ******* service time. I do care about winning. Anybody who comes out of spring training this year on this team is just cannon fodder. It makes no sense to bring up guys when the Tigers do not have enough position players on the parent team and in the entire minor league team to make a run at winning. We are not going to win in 2020, or in 2021, or most likely 2022. And yes, I know that no one knows that for sure.
It is not about economics. It is about having enough quality players on the field together at one time to win. And as far as Manning, Mize, and the rest of the cast that is on its way, figure that 40% will blow up their arms in the first 2 years of MLB service, and of all the position players in the entire farm system today, only one or maybe 2 will be good enough to be a starter on most MLB clubs when they are ready.
The first step toward being competitive will be in spending money in 2021. At that point, folks like Manning and Mize will be ready to compete in the bigs, and after this year's debacle, any sensible thinking would spend money to improve the product. If their is anything salvageable out of the Verlander trade, in 2021 I would expect at least one of the trio of Perez, Rogers, and Cameron to at least to be a sub level player, which is about the best we can hope for.
By the same token, in 2021, given the supposed "quality" prospects we could promote, and spending some money, maybe that team could be a long shot to reach 76 to 78 wins. 2020 may be the biggest year for the Tigers organizationally since the late 70's when the minors leagues had some players in them.
Personally I don't give a damn if the Illitch family ends up homeless, or what other human malady that could befall them. This team is a very long way from being a modestly competitive team. I don't want to see people rushed and add ten years to the time frame when the team is respectable.