AL Central roundup: Royals could win it all, White Sox pick up ex-Royal & Indians stay the course

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Maikel Cleto Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox are taking a page out of the Dave Dombrowski/Detroit Tigers playbook and adding a hard-thrower to their bullpen, a player that (somewhat) knows the division.

The Royals cut ties with Maikel Cleto and the division rival Sox swooped in and nabbed him. Just 24-years-old, Cleto spent him time with the two Missouri teams in 2013, but was only at the big league level briefly for the Cardinals–allowing five runs in 2 1/3 innings. Despite this, Chicago is thinking, and hoping, they got a bargain.

“He’s a big arm, 24-year-old kid, can touch triple digits, can flash, at times, a plus slider, but it’s a bit of a project,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “He’s a little inconsistent with his delivery, at times doesn’t quite know where it’s going and it’s just a matter of trying to clean up a few things.” – Doug Padilla, ESPN Chicago


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