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Starting Nine: American League Central

January 12, 2010

Yesterday, I took at the starting nine position players for each American League East team. Today, I will cover the starting nine position players for each American League Central team.

Remember, these lineups are as of today. Obviously these will change as the offseason continues. I will update these lineups as the season approaches.

Here are the starting lineups for each American League Central team:

Minnesota Twins

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Joe Mauer, C

3. Justin Morneau, 1B

4. Michael Cuddyer, RF

5. Jason Kubel, DH

6. Delmon Young, LF

7. J.J. Hardy, SS

8. Brendan Harris, 3B

9. Nick Punto, 2B

Quick Take – The Twins have as good a one through five as anyone in baseball. They desperately need a third and second baseman. Orlando Hudson would be a nice addition.

Chicago White Sox

1. Juan Pierre, LF

2. Gordon Beckham, 2B

3. Carlos Quentin, RF

4. Paul Konerko, 1B

5. Alex Rios, CF

6. Alexei Ramirez, SS

7. A.J. Pierzynski, C

8. Mark Teahen, 3B

9. Mark Kotsay, DH

Quick Take – Perhaps there is no lineup that is harder to put together than the White Sox’s. This lineup could go in nine different directions. They need a DH and bringing back Jim Thome would make sense.

Detroit Tigers

1. Austin Jackson, CF

2. Carlos Guillen, DH

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Magglio Ordonez, RF

5. Brandon Inge, 3B

6. Ryan Raburn, LF

7. Gerald Laird, C

8. Adam Everett, SS

9. Scott Sizemore, 2B

Quick Take – Another hard lineup to put together. Jackson and Sizemore could flip-flop in the order. I don’t see a reason to ever pitch to Cabrera.

Kansas City Royals

1. Scott Podsednik, CF

2. David DeJesus, LF

3. Billy Butler, 1B

4. Jose Guillen, RF

5. Alex Gordon, 3B

6. Alberto Callaspo, 2B

7. Josh Fields, DH

8. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS

9. Jason Kendall, C

Quick Take – This lineup is going to have a hard time scoring runs. This year might be make or break for Gordon.

Cleveland Indians

1. Azdrubal Cabrera, SS

2. Michael Brantley, LF

3. Grady Sizemore, CF

4. Shin-Soo Choo, RF

5. Travis Hafner, DH

6. Jhonny Peralta, 3B

7. Matt LaPorta, 1B

8. Lou Marson, C

9. Luis Valbuena, 2B

Quick Take – I like putting Brantley in the two-hole because of the speed and high OBP ability he showed in the minors. Sizemore moves down to the three-hole and takes on the role of a run producer.

Tomorrow, I will take a look at the American League West.

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The White Sox Brian Anderson Wants To Be Traded (Update)…

July 28, 2009

Update:

Well, it seems Brian Anderson has gotten his wish. According to the Boston Globe, the White Sox have traded Brian Anderson to the Boston Red Sox for Mark Kotsay.

This is a nothing-for-nothing move by both teams. The Red Sox are hoping Anderson finds himself with a new team and the White Sox get some OF depth and a player who can spell Paul Konerko from time to time.

Original Post:

According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, via MLBTradeRumors.com, Brian Anderson of the Chicago White Sox would like to be traded. Well good for him. But I am going to make a rule right now, and this can go for an athlete in any sport.

If you stink and everyone else thinks you stink – you can’t ask to be traded.  That’s my rule and I am sticking to it. It’s like the worst sales guy on your team asking for a promotion. It’s a head scratcher.

Here is a quote from Brian Anderson… “I need to play every day and be an everyday big-leaguer,” Anderson said.“I have more to offer. If it’s not with the White Sox, then maybe it really is time for a change.”

Really Brian? As I recall you had your chance to be an everyday big-leaguer. In 2006, you played 139 games and hit a whopping .225 with a .296 OBP. You clearly proved yourself to me.

You are a .225 lifetime hitter. You don’t hit for power, you don’t drive in runs, and you don’t get on base. What exactly is it that you have to offer?

Anderson might be one of those guys who indeed finds himself with another team. He is still only 27-years-old, so time is on his side. But for right now, if you are a career .225 hitter, you can’t ask for anything.

Boston Red Sox Mike Lowell Headed to DL…

June 30, 2009

According to the Boston Globe, the Boston Red Sox have put third baseman Mike Lowell on the 15-Day DL with a right hip strain. The trip to the DL is retroactive to June 28.

Lowell was hitting .282 with 10 HR’s, 41 RBI, and was playing his usual stellar defense for the Red Sox, so this will hurt the first-place Red Sox.

I don’t expect Theo Epstein to panic and make a trade to replace Lowell. That is just not his style. For the time being, the Red Sox will use Kevin Youkilis at third and use a combination of the recalled Jeff Bailey and the veteran Mark Kotsay at first.