AL CEN­TRAL

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

1. KANSAS CITY Kansas City lost pitcher Johnny Cueto and utili2. DETROIT ty­man Ben Zo­brist in free agency and didn’t blow 3. MIN­NESOTA any­one away with its off­sea­son moves. But that’s

never been the way of GM Day­ton Moore, who fills 4. CHICAGO

his lineup with guys who can run and de­fend and 5. CLEVE­LAND

as­sem­bles elite bullpens where his guys ex­cel in their roles. Back are most key pieces, like No. 1 starter Edin­son Volquez, cen­ter fielder Lorenzo Cain, left fielder Alex Gor­don and cor­ner in­field­ers Mike Mous­takas and Eric Hos­mer. In other words, the same for­mula that won it all in 2015. Don’t sleep on the Tigers, who can hit and added pitcher Jor­dan Zim­mer­mann to the front of a ro­ta­tion that could sur­prise if Justin Ver­lan­der re­peats his sec­ond-half form, or the Twins, whose lineup fea­tures ex­cit­ing young play­ers Miguel Sano and By­ron Bux­ton and a staff that made huge strides un­der pitch­ing coach Neil Allen.

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