Al Central Winter meeting results

The second part of our winter meeting results looks at the American League central. Without further a due here’s what we got.

Chicago White Sox-  one of the bigger moves the White Sox have made so far is the signing of JJ Putz. Putz is a flame-thrower of a right hander and will add a serious boost to the pen. Last season Putz had an elbow injury and missed the majority of the season but in 29 appearances with the Mets did not look very sharp with an ERA of 5.22. The White Sox are of the belief that he will return to 2008 form when he had an ERA of 3.69. Best case scenario he returns to 2007 form when he was the best reliever in the game sporting a 1.38  ERA  giving up only 37 hits in 71 innings. The White sox have invested 3 million into this one year deal. Low risk high reward.In other Sox moves they signed Andrew Jones to a one year deal and traded Chris Getz and Josh Fields for Mark Tehan from the Royals. Teahan is a light hitting good fielding third baseman that will help improve their at the hot corner. At only 28 years old he should have a little more pop in his bat than he does but a decent hitter with a good glove is worth it for the Sox.

Cleveland Indians– The Indians did not make any moves at the winter meetings. Its hard to make a move when you have no free agent money to spend and have no tradable commodities. Im not expecting anything great out of the tribe in 2010. Their top catching prospect just had major hand surgery and they just seem to be treading water.

Detroit Tigers– The Tigers were fairly active at the winter meeting primarily as sellers unloading Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson in a three way trade with the Yankees and Diamondbacks. In return they brought in a fistful of young prospects including the number one prospect in the Yankees system Austin Jackson. Jackson is potentially a true five tool center fielder that is probably a year away from the Majors. They also got Phil Coke a left handed pitcher who was decent in the bull-pen for the Yankees and was used at times as a middle reliever. Its been rumored that Coke may get a shot at the Rotation in spring training. They also acquired right-handed starting pitcher Max Scherzer and lefty reliever Daniel Schlereth from Arizona as part of the deal.

Kansas City Royals- After laying the leg work at the winter meetings the Royals were able to sign veteran backstop Jason Kendell to a three year deal. Kendell who was the catcher for the Brewers for the last couple of years runs well for a catcher and has a good OBP. Not a power hitter but holds a .290 lifetime average.  At 35 years old three years seems a bit long but he was the best available after losing Olivo to free agency.

Minnesota Twins -  The Twins like the Indians remained quiet at the meetings. The only real news coming in Carl Pavano excepting arbitration. The Twins glaring need will be at third base. I have heard rumors linking the twins to about every free agent third baseman out there. Mark Derosa seems like a good fit but who knows. I will certainly keep my finger on the pulse of the situation.

There you have it the AL Central. I will be on Vacation from my regular job for the next week. So I will be all baseball all the time be sure to check back every day as I am hoping to update the entire league by mid week. Also for all you Yankees Fans there is some good stuff over on YankeesOnlineMagazine be sure to check it out.

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