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AL Central Offseason Moves

Post originally by – Pigpen

A look at the moves made so far this offseason by AL Central clubs…

White Sox

  • Acquired/re-signed: Mark Teahen, Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones, J.J. Putz, Freddy Garcia, Juan Pierre, Freddy Dolsi, Jacob Marceaux, Wander Perez, Ryan Braun, Miguel Negron, Dylan Axelrod, Freddie Bynum, T.J. Bohn, Greg Aquino, Erick Threets, Mark Kotsay, Alejandro De Aza
  • Lost: DeWayne Wise, Scott Podsednik, Josh Fields, Chris Getz, Jon Link, John Ely, Wilson Betemit, Jerry Owens, Octavio Dotel

Juan Pierre, Andruw Jones, and Mark Teahen are 3 of the 25 players on your roster?  As a Tigers fan, that is great news.

Replacing Scotty Pods with Pierre makes sense, if that’s what you’re going for, though Podsednik was actually quite good for the Sox last season.

I just don’t understand why the team would rather have Andruw Jones than Jim Thome at DH.

The rotation should be awesome, as their 1-4 (Peavey, Buehrle, Danks, Floyd) is better than anyone outside of the AL East.  Maybe Putz can be a reasonable facsimile of the recently departed Octavio Dotel, but I have my doubts.  Hopefully the White Sox actually gave Putz a physical, unlike the Mets.

Indians

  • Acquired/re-signed: Brian Buscher, Jason Grilli, Mike Gosling, Anthony Reyes, Mitch Talbot, Luis Rodriguez, Hector Ambriz, Saul Rivera, Shelley Duncan, Austin Kearns, Jose Constanza
  • Lost: Jamey Carroll, Kelly Shoppach, Greg Aquino, Vinnie Chulk, Masahide Kobayashi, Zach Jackson

Honestly, there is not one item on this list worth talking about.  The Indians have done nothing this season.  They traded Kelly Shoppach, tried to trade Fausto Carmona so that they could sign Orlando Hudson, and that’s it.  Here’s a link from Cleveland.com explaining the Tribe’s futility this offseason.

Tigers

  • Acquired/re-signed: Adam Everett, Daniel Schlereth, Max Scherzer, Austin Jackson, Phil Coke, Enrique Gonzalez, Macay McBride, Robinzon Diaz, Brad Thomas
  • Lost: Placido Polanco, Brandon Lyon, Clay Rapada, Edwin Jackson, Curtis Granderson, Freddy Dolsi, Dusty Ryan, Matt Treanor

In Valverde, out Rodney.  From a baseball standpoint, this is a huge win for the Tigers.  While I question giving that much money (plus giving up your first round pick) to get a closer, this obviously improves the Tigers.

Losing Granderson hurts.  He was the face of the franchise and a class act, but am I the only one who thinks he is not a star, and in fact, just a very good, very likeable baseball player?

Scherzer could be a top 10 property in the AL, and his replacement of Jackson in the rotation is an upgrade, and just about every projection system agrees with me.

Polly was great for the franchise, but he can be replaced with Scott Sizemore (or maybe Adam Kennedy?).

Royals

  • Acquired/re-signed: Jason Kendall, Brian Anderson, Scott Podsednik, John Parrish, Noel Arguelles, Wilson Betemit, Edgar Osuna, Scott Thorman, Reggie Taylor, Cody Clark, Irving Falu, John Bannister, Jorge Campillo, Brad Thompson, Edwin Bellorin, Bryan Bullington, Juan Mora, Josh Rupe, Steve Lerud, Jorge Bonifacio, Buck Coats, Philip Humber, Devon Lowery, Julio Pimentel, Francisco Rosario, Adam Bostick, Bruce Chen, Nelson Payano, Vance Wilson, Ernesto Mejia, Shane Costa, Damon Hollins, Rick Ankiel
  • Lost: Mark Teahen, Lenny DiNardo, Miguel Olivo, Coco Crisp, Tug Hulett, John Buck, Josh Anderson, Tony Pena Jr.

Before we look at what they did this offseason, everyone needs to read this article, and remember how terrible this franchise is.

Ok, on to the moves.  A 2-year deal for Jason Kendall is indefensible – especially since John Buck was signed by the Blue Jays immediately after the Royals released him.  With all of the catchers out there who have taken one-year deals, why did the Royals feel the need to sign the worst offensive player in baseball to a 2-year deal?

Podsednik and Ankiel both look like nice 4th outfielders at this point in their careers – unfortunately for Royals fans, they’re both penciled in to start.  While Ankiel’s limited time as an offensive player means he still has some upside, he was terrible last season.  Pods on the other hand will always be remembered for his huge home run in the World Series for the White Sox, but just is the definition of a replacement-level player at this point.

That pair, along with Dejesus, makes for one of the worst outfields in recent memory.

Twins

  • Acquired/re-signed: J.J. Hardy, Carl Pavano, Clay Condrey, Yancarlos Ortiz, Henry Arias, Jose Lugo, Chris Province, Mike Maroth, Brock Peterson, Jim Thome
  • Lost: Brian Buscher, Boof Bonser, Carlos Gomez, Armando Gabino, Bobby Keppel, R.A. Dickey, Philip Humber

The Twins should play Kubel in left, Span in center, Cuddyer in right, and put Thome in there to DH every day, thus putting bat-throwing Delmon Young on the bench.  I understand that he has talent, and you need not look any further than Josh Hamilton or Adrian Gonzalez to understand that sometimes it takes a while for top drafts picks to break out, but this division projects to be very tight, and the decision to play Young over Thome could mean the difference between playing baseball and playing golf come October.

The Hardy for Gomez swap was necessary for the Twins, and I really think they’re getting the better end of the deal.  Gomez is simply never going to hit, and his defense is a lot more valuable to the Brewers (middling defense last year), than the Twins, who can replace him with the more than capable Denard Span.

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