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MLB Trade Deadline: AL Central

Buyers or Sellers?

Cleveland Indians  Buyers

  • W-L: 57-41 (1st in AL Central)

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The Indians have legitimate chance to follow the footsteps of LeBron James and Co. by giving Cleveland their second championship this year. They have one of the best rotations in the league and their offense is taking off, averaging more than five runs per game. The Indians’ should add a reliever should pounce on Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Believeland is on some serious championship waves right now and it doesn’t look like many teams will stop them, especially if they make a major trade.

Chicago White Sox Sellers

  • W-L: 50-50 (3rd in AL Central)
Paul Beaty/ AP

Paul Beaty/ AP

It’s apparent that Chris Sale wants out. Though I completely disagree with his actions, I do agree with his comments on the matter. The White Sox cannot place jersey sales over winning, but since that’s the case, send Sale packing for an even bigger package. Sale is an elite starter, possibly the best in the game next to Clayton Kershaw. The Rangers look like a strong suitor for Sale as they have made a push for him. The Yankees could package together a nice deal as well.

Detroit Tigers Buyers

  • W-L: 53-48 (2nd in AL Central)
Chris O’Meara/ AP

Chris O’Meara/ AP

The Tigers should be sellers, but with that front office being as championship driven as they are, watch for the Tigers to try and get some pieces to make a run. Their farm system depth is shallow so they may have to deal one of their explosive bats for young arms. The Tigers want to make major moves, but their lack of farm depth prohibits too many deals to get them in World Series contention form.

Kansas City Royals Buyers

  • W-L: 48-51 (4th in AL Central)
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Rob Tringali/

Though the Royals have been one of baseball’s biggest disappointments, I can’t sit here and say the defending champions should sell. The rotation needs to get stronger and adding a bat wouldn’t hurt. Maybe the Royals can send a strong offer to Oakland for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick. The loss of Ben Zobrist seems to have been a big blow to Kansas City, but this relentless team has shown post season success. With a few moves, they’re poised for a repeat.

Minnesota Twins Sellers

  • W-L: 37-62 (5th in AL Central)
Mark J. Rebilas/ USA Today

Mark J. Rebilas/ USA Today

Sell Ervin Santana and all the other veteran pieces like Eduardo Nunez, but other than that stay put. For the love of baseball, please stay put. The Twins can make real noise in years to come. There’s so much talent in the farm system and there’s so much talent already on the big league roster. This team is going to be the next 2016 Cubs, maybe in 2018. Right now, the Twins are just too young and it isn’t their time. Jose Berrios, Jorge Polanco, and Nick Gordon all need to continue developing and this team will be lethal.

Steven Cardona currently works for the Tampa Bay Rays in their baseball operations department. Much of his past experience focused on player personnel, departmental administration, research and development. Prior to joining the Rays, Steven worked for the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets. The Naples, Florida native graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s of science in Business Management.

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