Offseason Grades: AL Central

Jake DeWitt

Kansas City Royals (C)
Key Additions: Jorge Soler (OF)
Key Losses: Wade Davis (Closer), Kendrys Morales (1B/DH), Edinson Volquez (SP)

It’s tough to look at the Royals’ offseason and give any praise after trading Wade Davis and losing Kendrys Morales. Even after winning the World Series in 2015, Kansas City is still playing Money Ball in a small market.

Chicago White Sox (A-)
Key Additions: Yoan Moncada (IF), Mike Kopech (P), Reynaldo Lopez (SP), Lucas Giolito (SP)
Key Losses: Chris Sale (SP), Adam Eaton (OF)

The White Sox may not be done dealing yet, as Jose Quintana, David Robertson, and Jose Abreu all are swirling in trade rumors. Losing Chris Sale and Adam Eaton hurts, but recouping excellent value in prospects will right the ship in the future.

Cleveland Indians (B)
Key Additions: None
Key Losses: None

After reaching the World Series with an injury-plagued roster, sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make. The team has had conversations with 1B/DH Mike Napoli about a possible return in 2017.

Minnesota Twins (B-)
Key Additions: Jason Castro (C)
Key Losses: None

The Twins are still years away from competing with arguably the worst rotation in the majors. Offensively, the lineup is loaded with young talent starting with Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. Minnesota might make a move to deal Brian Dozier, but he’s expressed his desire to remain with the club. The Twins would be wise to flip their All-Star second baseman while his value is at an all-time high.

Detroit Tigers (C)
Key Additions: None
Key Losses: None

Something has to give at some point, right? GM Al Avila said no player is off limits this offseason, but Detroit still didn’t move Ian Kinsler, JD Martinez, Miguel Cabrera, or Justin Verlander. There’s still plenty of time for a trade to materialize, but this roster is moving in neither direction and could be stuck in limbo once more.


Author: Thrive Nation

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