2. AL Central
The AL Central is mostly a disgrace, with the exception of the dominant White Sox … and the Tigers, who, while not great, are overachieving and enjoying every moment of it. But Chicago was the only team that made big deals.
White Sox acquired 2B Cesar Hernandez from Indians
An in-division trade! The second one of this list! Come on, guys. Why are we helping out foes? The injury to Nick Madrigal (who was traded in a deal you’ll see soon) has hurt the White Sox infield, and now they have more power (18 homers) alongside Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada.
White Sox acquired RHP Ryan Tepera and RHP Craig Kimbrel
Crosstown trades! These were two separate deals, but came from the same team. The Cubs sent more relievers packing, and two of their best ones to Chicago, who now have more firepower alongside Liam Hendriks, Garrett Crochet and Michael Kopech. Unreal. Kimbrel is easily the top reliever in MLB right now (0.49 ERA and 0.71 WHIP with 64 strikeouts in 36.2 innings) and Tepera’s having a career year (2.91 ERA and 0.79 WHIP with 50 strikeouts in 43.1 innings).
Won’t be easy hitting the White Sox for the rest of the year.