Cleveland Indians: Analyzing the Rest of the AL Central

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May 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23), right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (8) and catcher Yan Gomes (10) celebrate after scoring on a double hit by Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (not pictured) during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
May 6, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23), right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall (8) and catcher Yan Gomes (10) celebrate after scoring on a double hit by Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez (not pictured) during the third inning against the Kansas City Royals at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox Adam Eaton (1) celebrates with teammates after he scores on an RBI single hit by first baseman Jose Abreu (79) during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox Adam Eaton (1) celebrates with teammates after he scores on an RBI single hit by first baseman Jose Abreu (79) during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports /

Chicago White Sox

After a red-hot start to the 2016 season, the Chicago White Sox quickly faded into the background of the AL Central en route to a 78-84 record. It appears that the White Sox will be entering a full rebuild as they head toward the turn of the calendar.

The team dealt away two of its top players from a year ago – Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. They are also actively shopping starting pitcher Jose Quintana, however a deal does not seem imminent.

Even if Quintana is in a White Sox uniform in 2017, the starting rotation is going to be hurting. Carlos Rodon, Derek Holland and James Shields will also be there, but it is yet to be seen if they can bring upper-end stuff to the rotation.

The White Sox finished 20th in MLB with 686 runs scored in 2016. Losing Adam Eaton will not help that cause. Remaining notable bats include Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera, Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie.

The Sox are going to be in for a long season and figure to finish toward the bottom of the division.

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