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American League Central trade deadline recap and standings update

Kansas City and Minnesota are the only two clubs in the Central above five hundred.

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Kansas City and Minnesota are the only squads above five hundred, however only the Royals acted accordingly. The Royals added pieces that will likely help them run away with the division while the other clubs might already be looking towards 2016.

Kansas City Royals

Record: 66-44

Games back in Division: --

Games back of Wild Card: --

Key Moves:

  • Acquired Johnny Cueto from the Reds in exchange for John Lamb, Cody Reed, and Brandon Finnegan.
  • Acquired Ben Zobrist from the Athletics in exchange for Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks.
  • Traded Joe Blanton to the Pirates for cash considerations.
Injuries:
  • Jason Vargas, torn UCL in left elbow
  • Alex Gordon, grade two (plus) left groin strain
  • Brian Flynn, left latissimus dorsi tear
  • Tim Collins, recovering from Tommy John surgery
Recap: Kansas City already has a nine and a half game lead in the Central and that will likely only continue to grow. The Royals added a top of the rotation arm in Johnny Cueto and a versatile bat in Ben Zobrist. The organization continues to prove how rebuilding can be beneficial and might be playing baseball deep into October.

Minnesota Twins

Record: 55-54

Games back in Division: 9.5

Games back of Wild Card: 3.0

Key Moves:

  • Acquired Kevin Jepsen from the Rays in exchange for Alexis Tapia and Chih-Wei Hu.
Injuries:
  • Ryan Pressly, right lat strain
  • Ricky Nolasco, recovering from ankle surgery
  • Tom Milone, left elbow strain
  • Byron Buxton, left thumb strain
Recap: Minnesota was not expected to be active before the non-waiver trade deadline and the only move the club made was to add a bullpen piece. Jepsen will likely prove to be valuable pitching out of a bullpen that has yet to establish itself as consistent. Ultimately, the Twins have an opportunity to earn a Wild Card spot. Whether they can be consistent enough to do so remains to be seen.

Detroit Tigers

Record: 53-56

Games back in Division: 11.5

Games back of Wild Card: 5.0

Key Moves:

  • Traded David Price to Toronto in exchange for Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd, and Jairo Labourt.
  • Traded Yoenis Cespedes to the Mets for Michael Fulmer and Luis Cessa.
  • Traded Joakim Soria to Pittsburgh in exchange for JaCoby Jones.
Injuries:
  • Joe Nathan, recovering from Tommy John surgery
  • Kyle Lobstein, left shoulder inflammation
  • Miguel Cabrera, left calf strain
Recap: The Tigers faced high expectations heading into 2015 and will now likely begin evaluating their current roster while determining how to upgrade at the end of the season. Dave Dombroswki is out as the General Manager, and as a result, Detroit will have to adjust to new front office leadership and strategies. The club received a lot in return for Price and the offense might thrive once Miguel Cabrera returns.

Chicago White Sox

Record: 51-56

Games back in Division: 12.5

Games back of Wild Card: 6.0

Key Moves:

  • Traded Conor Gillaspie to Los Angeles in exchange for cash considerations.
Injuries:
  • Daniel Webb, back strain
  • J.B. Shuck, left hamstring strain
  • Adam Eaton, jammed left shoulder
  • Emilio Bonifacio, left oblique strain
Roundup: The White Sox were reportedly considering moving Jeff Samardzija however a deal was never made. Chicago had one of the more quiet deadlines and as a result could be preparing for a notable active offseason.

Cleveland Indians

Record: 49-59

Games back in Division: 15.0

Games back of Wild Card: 8.5

Key Moves:

  • Traded Brandon Moss to the Cardinals in exchange for Rob Kaminsky.
  • Traded outfielder David Murphy to the Angels for Eric Stamets.
  • Acquired Jayson Acquino from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.
  • Traded Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego in exchange for Abraham Almonte.
Injuries:
  • Jason Kipnis, right shoulder inflammation
  • Nick Hagadone, recovering from left elbow surgery
Recap: Cleveland was expected to consider trading Carlos Carrasco before the deadline however a deal reportedly never was close to being made. At ten games under five hundred, the Indians likely have all eyes on 2016.