May 11, 2021

Chicago White Sox Offseason is Spewing Life Into the AL Central (Baseball Essential)


The Chicago White Sox are making big-boy moves on the open market this offseason, and it’s spewing life into their division, the American League Central.

For the longest time the AL Central has been a boring, easy-to-forecast division labeled as the worst five-team cluster in Major League Baseball. It has been that way due to the division being consistently top-heavy.

There has been a dominant team at the top, a competitive one close by, and two-to-three rebuilding teams. The Minnesota Twins repeated as division champions in the late 2000s; then the Detroit Tigers were the kings of the Central; the Kansas City Royals had a two-year glory run; the Cleveland Indians recently won the division in three consecutive seasons.

Now there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel.

The White Sox have been busy-beavers this offseason, and not because they’ve made several minor moves rather signing big-name players to lucrative deals. General Manager Rick Hahn has signed catcher Yasmani Grandal (four-year, $73 million deal) and left-handers Gio Gonzalez (one-year, $5 million deal) and Dallas Keuchel (three-year, $55.5 million deal).

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