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AL Central Rumors: Indians, Tigers, Royals, White Sox

Lots of action going on in the Central today, with a potential Rookie of the Year announcement for Eric Hosmer, some Indians movement in the minors (and some regrets at the big league level), and interest brewing around the White Sox, which will have to move someone, something, anything to be able to do much this off-season. Here's the latest:

  • Edwin Rodruiguez Named Manager of Class A Carolina Mudcats (Knobler | Olney | Team)
    "Edwin Rodriguez, among the game's really great people, has been named manager of the Class A Carolina Mudcats, in the Indians' organization."
  • Dombrowski: Tigers unlikely to bid on Reyes, Rolllins, Ramirez - Beck's Blog
    "I think our approach this wintertime is, we’re going to look to get better probably in smaller increments..." <-- which is another way of saying, "no."
  • Does White Sox GM Ken Williams have something brewing? - Chicago Sun-Times
    "The White Sox are attracting trade interest in John Danks and Gavin Floyd and likely have fielded calls about Carlos Quentin and Matt Thornton. At the general managers meetings in Milwaukee on Monday and Tuesday, GM Ken Williams will look the suitors in the eye and perhaps get a better gauge on what he might receive in return."

  • John Danks: What's His Trade Market? - MLB Daily Dish
    "When a team is in this stage, they'll usually look to make a move or two that could swing them into contender status or start to reload. One of the moves the White Sox could make is dealing LHP John Danks."
  • Not optimistic about Tribe's offseason -
    "They already wasted $12 million of what Dolan would allow to sign players: $7 million on an inconsistent headcase (Carmona) and $5 million on a 38-year-old washed up pitcher (Lowe). They should have saved that $12 million plus the $9 million they have from dumping Sizemore. The resulting $21 million could have brought some quality Major League bats to this team. Instead..."
  • Royals' Hosmer learns Monday if he is AL’s top rookie -
    "Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer will learn Monday whether he is the American League’s Rookie of the Year as determined by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America."