Detroit Tigers: Ranking the American League Central's front offices by competence

The Detroit Tigers' front office is the subject of a lot of discussion, but how do they stack up against the rest of the division.
Tigers president Scott Harris acknowledges the crowd as he   s introduced to them during the Detroit
Tigers president Scott Harris acknowledges the crowd as he s introduced to them during the Detroit / Eric Seals / USA TODAY NETWORK
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5.) Chicago White Sox

This is an easy one as the White Sox essentially don't have a fully functional front office anymore thanks to the dumpster fire that is the White Sox's 2023 season. Instead of contending for the division crown, the White Sox have been so bad that they fired VP Ken Williams and GM Rick Hahn. It appears as though Chicago has settled on promoting Chris Getz to being their head baseball guy which could be problematic given that he was a part of the executive team that put the White Sox in this mess to begin with.

The White Sox's problems run very deep from their culture and chemistry to just not having the right talent at the right positions. If Getz presses the right buttons, it seems like Chicago could become a contender again pretty quickly and the front office would move up the rankings. However, it is hard to envision a whole lot changing that soon and with the rumors that Getz would like to hire former Royals GM Dayton Moore to join the front office, this new administration could bring in a whole new set of problems.

4.) Kansas City Royals

The Royals' front office can't be completely to blame for the franchise's troubles. They have never really had ownership that is willing to invest heavily in the roster and the current front office is having to untangle years of bad drafts and subpar player development. You would think that Kansas City would have more young talent to show for all of those high draft picks of theirs in recent years beyond Bobby Witt Jr., but they really don't.

However, JJ Picollo and co. have yet to be able to show anything that gives one the impression that they can build a competent pitching staff or that they are willing to be particularly creative in the moves they make to bring in some actual high upside talent. The Royals will always be a tough baseball market to find sustained success in and this is only Picollo's first full year, but so far the results leave something to be desired and the Royals look like they could be bad for a long time.

3.) Detroit Tigers

The Tigers fit right in the middle of the pack here as yet another front office that is only just getting started. Harris has a lot to sort out including the mess that is Javier Baez's contract and right now, it seems like the front office has taken a slow, methodical approach to the changes they are making. How that approach changes starting with this offseason will determine a lot about what to make of this post-Avila era.

The bad news is that that means Detroit did decidedly little at the trade deadline including not moving some players they probably should have and not trying contend in what has been a terrible division this year. However, Detroit's draft class led by Max Clark looks extremely promising and with Colt Keith and Justyn-Henry Malloy soon to arrive, the Tigers could be a really decent spot for 2024 if the front office doesn't sit on their hands during the offseason.