Chicago White Sox: Minnesota Twins are trying to keep up
The Chicago White Sox has been impressive this offseason but another team in their division is trying to keep up with them.
The Chicago White Sox have been the most active team of the offseason. They are coming off a year where they showed a lot of improvement. Individuals like Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Eloy Jimenez were there making a significant impact at a young age. They are all going to be looking to grow even more in 2020. They will also have some extra help in 2020 as the Sox made some significant additions during the offseason.
They added players like Yasmani Grandal, Edwin Encarnacion, Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, and Nomar Mazara. All of these guys can contribute to this team turning the corner in different ways. They have a lot of high-end skills and some depth now so 2020 could be a very fun season for them. If they are able to get off to a hot start, this could be a big year for them.
One thing that should be taken into consideration in the division. The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are both going to be bad. The Cleveland Indians appear to be in the early stages of tearing it down. That leaves the Minnesota Twins who won the division in 2019. They haven’t really done much to improve their team besides a few small moves.
It appears that the Twins are trying to keep up with the moves that the White Sox has made. Gerrit Cole chose the New York Yankees and Stephen Strasburg went back to the Washington Nationals. That left Dallas Keuchel who chose the White Sox, Zack Wheeler who chose the Philadelphia Phillies, Cole Hamels who chose the Atlanta Braves, Madison Bumgarner who chose the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Hyun-Jin Ryu who chose the Toronto Blue Jays. That didn’t leave much else for the Twins.
A few of the moves were leaked yesterday. They are going to sign Homer Bailey and Rich Hill to contracts. They are both still decent but nothing like they once were. Bailey is 33 years old and Hill will be 40 by the time Spring Training rolls around. This might add a slight bit of depth to their rotation but it is nothing that will make them better than they were last year. They are clearly trying to keep up with the White Sox moves but hopefully, the White Sox are able to pass them on the actual field this year.