Detroit Tigers: AL Central offseason roundup: November
Detroit Tigers fans, here's what the other AL Central teams have done so far this offseason
The Detroit Tigers have had an eventful offseason so far. They've let go of numerous players from the past several years and have reshaped their front office and coaching staff.
The AL Central was the worst division in baseball last season...again. Four teams finished .500 or worse, with the Royals and obviously the Detroit Tigers losing over 95 games. All of these teams—including the division winning Cleveland Guardians—have a lot of work to do this offseason.
So at the end of every month during the offseason, we'll do a roundup of the moves that the other teams in the AL Central have done. This piece will go over the month of November. A couple of teams have new managers at the helm, so they've had busy offseasons already as well. Let's get started with the team that finished in last place by one whole game.
Kansas City Royals (65-97 in 2022)
The Royals are coming off a disappointing season in which many people expected them to be more competitive. With some young talent like Bobby Witt Jr. and M.J. Melendez to go along with veterans like Salvador Perez and Whit Merrifield, it's easy to see why.
But they had no pitching depth whatsoever. Brady Singer had a pretty good year, and Zack Greinke was alright in his homecoming, but their pitching staff really let them down this year. As a result, it was another lost season in KC.
This led to a major organizational shakeup, with longtime excetive and 2015 World Series Champion Dayton Moore being shown the door and GM J.J. Picollo being promoted to president of baseball operations. It's his show now.
Manager Mike Matheny was also let go. Taking his place is former Rays' bench coach Matt Quatraro. Much like the Tigers, the Royals have a new regime.
They have not made any significant roster moves yet. Their only non-tenders were LHP Jake Brentz and RHP Nate Webb. They have yet to sign any free agents or make any trades. Historically, the Royals aren't a team that spends a lot in free agency. I would expect nothing different this time around.