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Outside The Confines: Are the White Sox unstoppable in the AL Central?

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That OTHER Chicago team is warming up their hot stove.

Wild Card Round - Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics - Game Three Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

At the end of the shortened 2020 season, the AL Central was one of the tightest races in all of baseball, with a mere one game separating three teams from claiming the top spot in the division (and two other teams barely showing up, unfortunately, sorry Royals and Tigers.)

The Twins took the division with 36 wins, but the Indians and White Sox were right behind them with matching 35-25 records. Since then, the Twins haven’t done much to bolster their ranks, letting Eddie Rosario walk and making no major acquisitions yet. And the Cleveland Baseball Team has gone into a full fire sale mode, trading away Mike Clevinger during the season, and most recently trading Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the Mets.

If there’s one thing that’s clear from those moves, it’s that Cleveland isn’t likely to be a competitive team this coming season, and have their eyes set to the future. The Twins will likely still be good, but without adding any other pieces, can they remain the best in the Central?

The White Sox on Monday made a big move, signing free agent reliever Liam Hendriks to a whopping three-year $54 million contract. This in addition to their signings of Lance Lynn and Adam Eaton already. With an existing core of exciting young players, the White Sox seem poised to finally make their mark on the divison.

Now, onto the links!

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.