All five AL Central teams made moves at the deadline. Here's a look at how the Twins' competition fared:
Indians: Having fallen into last place, the Indians cleared playing time for young players by dealing outfielder David Murphy (who was having a solid year) to the Angels, outfielder Brandon Moss (who was having a disappointing one) to St. Louis and lefty reliever Marc Rzepczynski to San Diego. In former first-rounder Rob Kaminsky, they at least received a nice return for Moss.
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Royals: Johnny Cueto is now their ace, and Ben Zobrist fills the void left by Alex Gordon, then likely moves to second base when Gordon returns from his groin injury. The cost was high — two top-five prospects — but not outrageous, since it makes Kansas City the favorite to repeat as AL champions.
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Tigers: They dumped soon-to-be-free agents Joakim Soria, Yoenis Cespedes and David Price and in doing so restocked their depleted farm system with a half-dozen good young players. But it's a risk: None are close to major league-ready, and the window may be closing on a team built around aging Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and Ian Kinsler.
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White Sox: Sold off disappointing infielder Conor Gillaspie to the Angels, but the real news is what they didn't do. With their sudden surge in the wild-card standings, they held on to sought-after starter Jeff Samardzija, a pending free agent. Should they falter, he might still be dealt in August.