By: Demarus Dye
Chicago White Sox: 2013: 63-99, fifth in AL Central Manager: Robin Ventura (third season)Key additions: Jose Abreu, Ronald Bellisario, Mitchell Boggs, Matt Davidson, Adam Eaton Key losses: Gavin Floyd, Addison Reed, Hector Santiago.The White Sox are in the middle at the moment, do they want to rebuild or try to make a run? They also need to rebuild & to start over if they are not in contention by the All-Star Break, by unloading Abreu, Dunn & Konerko. I think the White Sox have a long season in 2014.
Cleveland Indians: 2013: 92-70, second in AL Central (Lost wild-card game to Rays) Manager: Terry Francona (second season) Key additions: John Axford, David Murphy, Nyjer Morgan Key losses: Ubaldo Jimenez, Scott Kazmir, Chris Perez, Drew Stubbs. The Tribe had a good 2014, but I think now they have to take the next step, winning the AL Central, there pitching staff took a hit though, however, the Indians offense will be good, but can their starting rotation hold up? The Tribe should be buyers by the trading deadline.
Detroit Tigers: 2013: 93-69, first in AL Central (Lost to Red Sox in ALCS) Manager: Brad Ausmus (first season) Key additions: Joe Nathan, Ian Kinsler, Rajai Davis, Joba Chamberlain Key losses: Prince Fielder, Doug Fister, Jhonny Peralta, Omar Infante. Losing Iglesias at Shortstop will hurt the Tigers; they traded for Adam Romine from the Angels for LHP Jose Alvarez & acquiring veteran Alex Gonzalez from the Baltimore Orioles for utility man Steve Lombardozzi. But the Tigers should still be in charge of the AL Central, I like Kinsler in Detroit along with Joe Nathan to close things up in the 9th something that Jim Leyland would have loved to have.
Kansas City Royals: 2013: 86-76, third in AL Central Manager: Ned Yost (fifth season) Key additions: Norichika Aoki, Omar Infante, Danny Valencia, Jason Vargas Key losses: Ervin Santana.The Royals are close folks, but they still are a far cry away from reaching the Tigers league, I do think 2nd place is in reach for the Royals, only time will tell.
Minnesota Twins: 2013: 66-96, fourth in the AL Central Manager: Ron Gardenhire (13th season) Key additions: Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kurt Suzuki Key losses: Ryan Doumit. The Twins are another team in the middle, they should fully hit rebuilding mode, but Veterans have come to rest in peace in Minnesota sadly & the Twins will be a seller in July.
My Order of Finish:
5. White Sox