American League Central
Speaking of the AL Central, surprise surprise! We love the Tigers this year but would not be shocked if the Indians repeated.
Biggest Additions: 2B Omar Infante
Biggest Loss: OF Cameron Maybin
Achilles Heel: Centerfield.
Kandy says: The Tigers squeeze past the Indians for the division crown.
Biggest Additions: DH Edwin Encarnacion
Biggest Loss: 1B Mike Napoli
Achilles Heel: Expectations. How can the Indians possibly surpass last years results? The odds are stacked against them winning the 2017 Series but if they stay healthy, 2018 is looking good.
Kandy says: Runner-up to Tigers and another AL Championship appearance.
Kansas City Royals
Biggest Additions: OF Jorge Soler
Biggest Losses: P Wade Davis
Achilles Heel: Grieving over the death of pitcher Yordano Ventura.
Kandy says: A lot of new faces in the Royals clubhouse but talented faces. We would not be surprised to see the Royals back in the postseason.
Biggest Additions: None
Biggest Losses: Trevor Plouffe
Achilles Heel: Defense
Kandy says: When do the Twins move Brian Dozier? It will be a long season Twins fans, thankfully the White Sox are in your division.
Chicago White Sox
Biggest Additions Yoan Moncada
Biggest Losses: P Chris Sale
Achilles Heel: Rebuild. Look at the names that have left since the end of season – Sale, Jackson, Eaton, Avila.
Kandy says: They are rebuilding the team on the south-side of Chicago and it will be a couple years before the White Sox return to competitive baseball.
Before we wrap up our 2017 MLB preview have you noticed a pattern in our predictions? We’ve only predicted one team to repeat as division champions – the Chicago Cubs. We would be crazy to pick against them to repeat as champions. In addition, you may have noticed in the American League only one playoff team from 2016 – the Cleveland Indians.
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