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McAdam: Four Red Sox players who might benefit from expanded rosters

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If -- and that word can't be put into big enough type -- Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association find a way to reach an agreement on all the health and safety issues, settle their significant economic deals and find a way to play a shortened 2020 season, plans call for 30-man rosters.

That represents an upgrade from the original plan to carry 26 players -- itself, a slight upgrade from the 25-man rosters in place before this season. The motivation to go to 30-man rosters? With a short second spring training barely enough time to get players ready to go, a compressed schedule that could feature fewer off-days and additional doubleheaders, depth is going to be paramount.

This will, in turn, offer opportunities to a handful of players who likely wouldn't have made the original 26-man squad had the season begun as scheduled on March 26.

Let's assume that the Sox divide the four extra spots evenly, with two going to position players and two to pitchers.

First, the position players: