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AL Central notes: Willingham, Wallace, Leesman

Taking a look at the news in the AL Central.

Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

The AL Central should be a competitive division this year. With that in mind, let's take a look at the news from the division.

Willingham could be traded?

If the Twins fail to contend for the postseason (a likely scenario), the team could consider trading slugging outfielder Josh WIllingham. He could bring back a good chip for the team, which could certainly use an asset to continue their rebuilding process.

He recently signed an extension, so he will have more value than someone who is just a one-year rental. Teams such as the Mets could be in on him, as he would provide them with some right-handed pop from a corner outfielder spot.

Indians acquire Chris Wallace from Astros

The Indians have acquired acquired catcher Chris Wallace from the Astros for a minor-league pitcher, which should help them bolster their catching depth. The team has suffered some injuries at the position, so adding some cheap depth is beneficial to them moving forwards. Wallace, 24, has a .348 career minor-league on-base percentage.

White Sox DFA Leesman

The White Sox have designated Charlie Leesman for assignment, and the move made room for infielder Tyler Greene. Leesman is a left-handed pitcher in the White Sox organization, and probably will not carve out too large of a role with the team. The move makes sense, as Greene will help them improve their depth at the middle infield spots, especially with Gordon Beckham sustaining an injury.

The team is hoping to repeat its success last year, which may be tough when factoring in the free agent losses as well as the fact that they may have been in over their heads last year. Leesman probably did not factor in too-greatly to their plans.


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