AL Central Notes: Mock Elections, Brandon Finnegan and more
AL Central Notes takes a look throughout the FanSided network on a daily basis for articles on the Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox.
• Motor City Bengals (Detroit Tigers)
Detroit Tigers Team Mock Elections by Josh Scramlin
"“With the baseball season rapidly approaching, it is only appropriate to have Mock Elections for the 2015 Detroit Tigers. The competition was stiff for some of these categories, while others took home the prize in landslide fashion. There are some familiar faces, as well as some new ones.Disclaimer: These are meant purely for entertainment purposes, in no way are they meant to be defamatory.”"
• Kings of Kauffman (Kansas City Royals)
Brandon Finnegan Could Be Part of KC Royals Bullpen by David Hill
"“The prevailing wisdom in regards to Brandon Finnegan is that he will begin the season in the minor leagues. While he was a true asset in the bullpen during the stretch run, and the subsequent playoffs for the Royals, the general narrative is that Finnegan will be of far more value to the Royals as a starter in a couple of years, as opposed to his remaining in a relief role.”"
• Wahoo’s on First (Cleveland Indians)
The Cleveland Indians Biggest Strength Is Also It’s Biggest Question Mark by Nicholas D. Blazek
"“There’s no doubt that entering the 2015 season, the Indians will be relying on a talented, but relatively young and inexperienced young staff. Corey Kluber comes off an AL Cy Young winning season after finishing 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA. A fantastic season. But can he repeat it?”"
• Puckett’s Pond (Minnesota Twins)
Twins To Sign Top Dominican Shortstop by Ted Schwerzler
"“Minnesota would go over the International Bonus allotment should they sign Javier for $4 million. A likely workaround for this would be the Twins completing a few trades to increase their pool to somewhere around $6 million. The Twins aren’t a team that would typically like to pay the hit on going above the pool, and it seems unlikely that Javier would be the only prospect they would sign to a deal.”"
• Southside Showdown (Chicago White Sox)
Where does Carlos Rodon Start the 2015 Season? by Erik Brown
"“If he makes the rotation, he would likely replace Hector Noesi–unless John Danks gets traded. The more realistic option could be the bullpen route, where like left-handers Sale and Mark Buehrle before him, the White Sox could ease him into the Major Leagues by using him out of the ‘pen before converting him into a full time starter.”"
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