AL Central Notes: Tigers, Meche, White Sox, Indians

The Twins grabbed headlines yesterday, finally agreeing to terms with Carl Pavano after months of discussions. Here's the latest on the Twins' AL Central division rivals:

  • John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press explains that Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has avoided arbitration hearings since taking over the team.
  • The Royals didn't expect Gil Meche to walk away from his $12MM salary without asking for some sort of settlement, but that's just what the right-hander did, according to's Buster Olney. GM Dayton Moore says we shouldn't expect the Royals to go out and spend for the sake of spending, even though they have money.
  • White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he likes the looks of Chicago's rebuilt bullpen, which features newcomers Will Ohman and Jesse Crain
  • Indians GM Chris Antonetti told's Jordan Bastian that he would still like to add a starter who can provide reliability, stability and leadership. Manager Manny Acta and pitching coach Tim Belcher told Bastian that they expect a lot from the Indians' young starters.

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16 Comments on "AL Central Notes: Tigers, Meche, White Sox, Indians"

4 years 7 months ago

There’s nobody to spend the Royals’ money on right now, anyways. Although, Jose Guillen is available…

Daniel Wesley
4 years 7 months ago

Hopefully they just tuck it away until the draft and go over slot on their first few picks and load up for their second wave.

4 years 7 months ago


Gil Meche did the right thing by giving back his money. Now it’s time for the Royals to do the right thing and take ALL of that money and put it back into the organization. As there is little to spend money on right now and the fact that the team won’t be competitive in 2011, all of those resources should go into scouting and the draft.

KC has an opportunity to do something right. It will be interesting to see if they do it.

4 years 7 months ago

You need about 3 starters in Cleveland, Chris.

4 years 7 months ago

The currently projected starting five are FAUSTO!, Justin Masterson, Mitch Talbot and Carlos Carrasco. The fifth spot is a competitive situation with Josh Tomlin, Jeanmar Gomez, David Huff as the front runners..with Zach McAllister, Corey Kluber right behind these three. Alex White also has a chance to contribute, but, it’s unlikely he would start the season in Cleveland.

Three more would be fine..the indians just need a place to put them..

4 years 7 months ago

If Carrasco steps up in Spring Training and ahngs onto his spot and Tomlin and Gomez proves to still be major league ready tail end of the rotation starter look for the Indians toi make a trade during Spring Training to pick up a major league ready Left handed starter to balance out the rotation.

The other lefty this season will be Huff unless they move Laffey back into the rotation you have to have some type of balance in the central so IMO Huff is as much a lock right now as anybody they just are not saying so as of yet.

This will happen since Pomeranz the only clear cut Lefty on the Horizan will not be here before rosters are expanded in 2012.

When Alex White is brought up barring injury when the roster are expanded 2011 that will make things interesting in the offseason next winter I half look for Fausto to be dealt at that time.

At the End of the 2013 Season look for the rotation to be

whoever the Left College Senior Starter they draft this year.

Then you will round out the rotation with someone out of a group of De La Cruz, Rondon IMO.

Then look out for 2014 – 2019 for the indians will once again be serious contenders for the central title

Outfield will be Washington, Brantley, Choo

1st LaPorta
2nd Kipnis
SS Cabrera 0r Wolters
3rd Chiz

Catcher Santana

DH Weglarz

Utility infielders Cord Phelps & Jason Donald

your 2 extra outfielders will be 1 – Vet who most likely could DH and also play a corner infield spot and the 2nd guy most likely will be someone out of our system who can play all 3 outfield spot much like a Trevor Crowe.

4 years 7 months ago

The promotions/giveaways at the K this year better be outstanding.

4 years 7 months ago

Please NO, if THAT is where $12M is going, then that is the dumbest baseball related decision one can make.

I don’t see the point of using that money this year or next. 2013 is the year I expect them to make a push. Since the draft usually consist of an entire different budget anyway, I would want them to hold onto that money that can go towards a FA that can compliment the future stars the Royals have coming up.

4 years 7 months ago

I think the Chi-Sox bullpen will be pretty good IF the Sox decide to keep Sale in there. Joe Mauer said that he was as tough a lefty as he had ever faced. I think moving him into the rotation would be a mistake (especially with the closer situation up in the air).

The rotation has 4 solid starters until May when Peavy can show he is 100% health, then the rotation is full. Harrel, Pena, or any number of farm hands could fill that whole until Peavy is ready.

4 years 7 months ago

That’s a reasonable strategy, but all the Sox starters struggled last year. If 1-2 of them aren’t sharp in April, you’ll need all the help you can get to avoid falling out a half-dozen games before Peavy is even throwing simulated games.

Ideally, yes, Sale would be in the pen. In reality, they may very well *need* him in the rotation much sooner…

4 years 7 months ago

There’s a lot of talk on the radio in KC that part of the money should be given to charity or Glass should knock off $4 a ticket for the year, in which case, he’d still come out way ahead. I think it should either go towards money above slot in the draft or go into escrow and be there to extend the contract of a Hosmer, Moustakas, Montgomery, Lamb, Myers, or whomever is worth it, 6 years down the road.

Daniel Wesley
4 years 7 months ago

Kevin Keitzman is retarded, don’t mind anything he says on the radio.

4 years 7 months ago

Ha, ha. Yeah, a lot of the time he is. But he still make good points on occaisionally. And his point that it all going back to Glass’s profit-line as opposed to a good cause or, God forbid, back to the fans, is a valid one. I would settle, as I said above, for them at least putting it SOMEplace.

4 years 7 months ago

When I heard Meche retired I thought he settled his 2011 salary. Apparently that is not the case….imagine leaving 12 million on the table. You may never see that again.

Daniel Wesley
4 years 7 months ago

They tried to give him his money, they wanted to give him his money, but he just said no. What are they supposed to do?

4 years 7 months ago

send a fruit basket or something atleast