The Detroit Tigers have had a solid offseason so far, all things considered. They've addressed several needs with quality big league talent. There's still work to be done *cough cough* third base *cough cough*, but to call this offseason a failure, even if they don't add another bat, would simply be false.
And when you look at the other teams within the American League Central, the Detroit Tigers' offseason looks fantastic in comparison.
As the offseason hits a lull, we're going to rank the offseasons of the teams in the AL Central so far to see how the Tigers stack up. There really hasn't been a team in the division that has taken steps to separate themselves from the pack, leaving the division up for grabs.
So how have the Tigers fared this offseason compared to their divison rivals? Let's find out.
5. Chicago White Sox
There's no way to sugarcoat this. The Chicago White Sox are a complete dumpster fire. They were a disaster last season, finishing fourth in the AL Central with a 61-101 record. Just two years ago, they won the division. It's been quite the fall from grace for the south siders.
This offseason, they haven't done nothing, but the players they've added aren't going to help them win games. They acquired a couple of young starters from the Braves in Mike Soroka and Jared Shuster, both of whom have a lot of upside. But they also signed Paul DeJong to be their shortstop. He hasn't been good since 2019.
Other addions include SP Erick Fedde from the KBO, C Martin Maldonado, RP Tim Hill, and SP Chris Flexen. Woof.
On top of a lot of uninspired moves, you have the constant Dylan Cease trade rumors. It sounds like he's certainly going to be moved. Who knows? They could be moving other pieces as well, though it sounds like star OF Luis Robert Jr. is staying put for now.
The White Sox are entering another teardown. It's amazing that it's happened so quickly after all those years of tanking in the 2010s. It's going to be another long, dark period for Sox fans.