Trade Deadline Winners and Losers – AL Central

By Richard Janvrin-TRST Senior MLB Analyst Follow Richard on Twitter: @RJanvrin3_TRST

Here is a complete list of all the teams in the American League Central and what they acquired this year before the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline. The list will also include departures.

Kansas City Royals

Acquisitions: Donnie Joseph, JC Sulbaran, Jeremy Guthrie

Departures: Jonathan Sanchez, Jonathan Broxton

Cleveland Indians

AcquisitionsLars Anderson

Departures: Steven Wright

Minnesota Twins

AcquisitionsEduardo Escobar, Pedro Hernandez

Departures: Francisco Liriano

Detroit Tigers

AcquisitionsAnibal Sanchez, Omar Infante

Departures: Jacob Turner

Chicago White Sox

AcquisitionsBrett Myers, Francisco Liriano, Kevin Youkilis

Departures: Eduardo Escobar, Pedro Hernandez, Brent Lillibridge, Zach Stewart, Matthew Heidenreich, Blair Walters, PTBNL

Within the division, the Kansas City Royals were the evident sellers. They traded away their closer in Jonathan Broxton to the Cincinnati Reds. Broxton is only owed $1.4MM the rest of the way. They acquired Jeremy Guthrie earlier this season from the Colorado Rockies, who has struggled mightily this season, but his contract is up at the end of the season. In the Broxton deal, though, the Royals got a pair of nice prospects. Most notably, Donnie Joseph.

After much speculating of them trading away players such as Justin Masterson, Shin-Soo Choo, and Chris Perez, the Indians pretty much stood pat. They did, however, make one small move in acquiring 1B/LF “prospect” Lars Anderson in exchange for young righty, Steven Wright.

Probably right up there with the Royals as the biggest sellers, the Twins traded away one of their better pitchers in Francisco Liriano. I think they could possibily even be a bigger loser only because they traded him within in the division. Ironically, Liriano’s first start with the Sox was against the Twins. He went 6 innings and gave up 2 earned runs.

The Chicago White Sox, as a I said above, acquired Francisco from division rival, Minnesota. He will definitely help out this rotation. John Danks, since the trade, has been put on the DL and is out for the season. The White Sox also made a splash in helping out the back-end of their bullpen in acquiring former Astros closer, Brett Myers who will be the set-up guy for incumbent closer, Addison Reed. He earned his first loss with the team on July 30th. Myers, 31,  has a $10MM club option for next season and could be guaranteed if he completes 45 games, which may not happen. The White Sox, for this season is only on the hook for $3.84MM of his remaining $4.84MM salary. Lastly, and perhaps the biggest trade for the White Sox is Kevin Youkilis who they acquired way back on June 24, 2012. The White Sox surrendered two players in Zach Stewart and now designated for assignment utility player by the Red Sox, Brent Lillibridge. For the White Sox this season, Kevin Youkilis is batting .245/.364/.445 with 6 home runs and 22 RBIs. Youkilis has a $13MM team option at season’s end.

The Detroit Tigers are both winners and losers. They traded away top pitching prospect for Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante. Don’t get me wrong, Sanchez and Infante are quality, but for your top pitching prospect? I’m not so sure. They did however fill their immediate needs on their Major League roster as they needed a second baseman and rotation depth. Turner did struggle in the big leagues.

Winner: Chicago White Sox

Loser(s): Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins

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About Richard Janvrin

I'm a single dad who loves Baseball. In particlar, the Tampa Bay Rays, but I'm a baseball fan too. My sons name is Evan, after the great Evan Longoria. I love him to death. My son, not Longoria. Ha! Hope you enjoy my blog(s).

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