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AL Central Notes: Blake Smith available, Twins in on Masterson

The latest from around the American League Central.

MLB: Kansas City Royals at Chicago White Sox Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The White Sox decided not to tender right-handed pitcher Blake Smith a contract in advance of the Friday’s deadline, enabling him to become a free agent.

Smith, 28, made his major league debut with Chicago last season, pitching to a 6.23 ERA and 6.38 FIP over 4.1 innings. However, he pitched to a 3.53 ERA over 71.1 innings in Triple-A.

Smith has proven he can pitch multiple innings in relief and might be a valuable long relief option for interested clubs this winter.

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

  • The Indians would benefit from the addition of another power bat, which makes the possibility of signing Chris Carter intriguing.

  • It seems the Tigers are preparing to trade J.D. Martinez this winter, and a deal might come before the Winter Meetings.

  • Before Josh Reddick signed a four-year deal with the Astros, the Royals were interested but didn’t want to sign him to such an extensive deal.

  • The Twins are pursuing inexpensive pitching depth and are interested in free agent Justin Masterson.

  • Chris Sale is drawing a notable amount of interest, but there is still a chance the White Sox don’t trade him.