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AL Central Notes: Tigers trade opportunities, Indians deadline plans

The latest from around the AL Central.

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Detroit isn’t expected to make many moves in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline as a result of numerous large contracts that have impacted the club’s payroll, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

If the Tigers, who currently sit seven games behind the Indians in the American League Central, decide they want to sell, such an approach could be challenging because of the contracts the organization is working with.

The next few weeks will be telling for the Tigers, who Rosenthal suggests could move several relievers if they decide to sell.

Francisco Rodriguez, who has pitched to a 2.84 ERA and 2.99 FIP over 31.2 innings and has saved 25 contests, could draw interest as the deadline approaches.

More from around the American League Central:

  • Since the Indians have been plagued by some injuries of late, the club can improve by not making any trades but rather allowing the lineup to take shape when most of the roster is healthy and consistent.

  • As the second half of the season begins, the White Sox have to decide whether Robin Ventura is the best option for them in the dugout.

  • Jose Berrios didn’t fare well in his major league debut, but he’s pitched well and could be called upon relatively soon.

  • What’s worked for the Royals’ offense in the past hasn’t been as effective this season. Kansas City has had to change its approach as a result.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Indians 53-36 — GB

Tigers 47-44 7.0 GB

Royals 46-44 7.5 GB

White Sox 45-45 8.5 GB

Twins 32-57 21.0 GB