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AL Central Notes: J.D. Martinez trade rumors, White Sox sign Derek Holland

The latest from around the AL Central.

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The Tigers are taking trade offers for outfielder J.D. Martinez, but the asking price remains high for the right-handed power hitter, according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick.

Martinez, 29, was a valuable offensive threat with the Tigers last season, batting .307/.373/.535 with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs over 120 games.

Though Martinez will be a free agent in 2018, Detroit wants “young, controllable talent” in a potential deal, according to Crasnick

Here’s the latest from around the American League Central:

  • Andrew Miller is one of several bargains in Cleveland’s bullpen. Cody Allen is a notable second.

  • The White Sox signed Derek Holland, who will join a rotation that now doesn’t feature Chris Sale.

  • The Twins rotation hasn’t featured a true top starter since Johan Santana. Signing Tyson Ross can change that trend.

  • Detroit is interested in adding Alex Avila, but he might be demanding too large of a deal for the Tigers to even consider the possibility.