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AL Central Notes: Kreidler, Tigers, Gregorius, Twins, White Sox

Tigers shortstop prospect Ryan Kreidler has drawn commerce curiosity from different groups, GM Al Avila instructed MLB.com’s Jason Beck and different reporters.  A fourth-round choose for Detroit within the 2019 draft, Kreidler hit a mixed .270/.349/.454 with 22 house runs over 550 plate appearances on the Double-A and Triple-A ranges this season, saving his finest offensive work (.926 OPS) for his 162 PA with Triple-A Toledo.  This manufacturing got here with fairly a little bit of swing-and-miss, however Kreidler additionally lower down on his strikeouts as soon as reaching Triple-A. 

It looks like the 24-year-old would possibly be capable of assist a workforce as quickly as 2022, so it isn’t shocking that golf equipment are eyeing Kreidler as a possible commerce chip, particularly contemplating Detroit has been checking in on the biggest names within the free agent shortstop market.  Kreidler might be expendable if the Tigers signal a kind of high shortstops, although Avila mentioned that the workforce’s pursuit might not cease on the free agent market.  Buying and selling for a shortstop is “potential.  It’s the toughest means of doing it, but it surely’s potential.”

Extra from across the AL Central…

  • The Twins are one other membership searching for shortstop assist however don’t determine to spend huge on the key names, as The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman and Dan Hayes figuring Minnesota will goal a short-term identify as a bridge to prospects Royce Lewis or Austin Martin.  It isn’t utterly out of the query that the Twins go after a star (they’d curiosity in Marcus Semien final winter, as an illustration) however gamers like Freddy Galvis, Jose Iglesias, or previous pal Andrelton Simmons could be extra of a match.  As for commerce prospects, Gleeman and Hayes write that Didi Gregorius “was on the Twins’ radar final offseason” earlier than he signed a two-year take care of the Phillies.  Gregorius struggled in 2021, nonetheless, which cost him a surefire starting job in Philadelphia subsequent 12 months, and may need additionally given the Twins pause about buying the veteran.  On Minnesota’s present roster, Jorge Polanco might be moved again to shortstop as a stopgap choice, although the Twins would enormously desire to maintain Polanco at second base.
  • After signing Kendall Graveman to bolster the bullpen, the White Sox are aiming excessive and seeking to now add a second baseman and “a entrance line starter,” based on USA At the moment’s Bob Nightengale (via Twitter).  Semien and Robbie Ray are talked about by identify, but this might point out that the Sox are simply ready to take a look at the highest of the market to fill their wants, moderately than essentially a particular curiosity in both of these gamers.  That is itself notable on condition that the White Sox payroll is already projected for a brand new record-high for the workforce, and spending huge on a participant like Semien or Ray would take Chicago into luxurious tax vary for the primary time ever.  Semien, in fact, is already a well-recognized determine on the South Facet, as spent his first two MLB seasons with the White Sox earlier than being dealt to the Athletics in December 2014.

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