While Terry Ryan and Paul Molitor appear secure with the Twins, change could be coming to the leadership of the AL Central this offseason. A look at recent developments:
Indians: Mark Shapiro, team president since 2010 and general manager for a decade before that, is a leading candidate for the soon-to-be-vacated president’s position with the Blue Jays, according to Fox Sports. Shapiro is well-regarded in Cleveland, though the Indians have made the playoffs only three times since 2000.
Royals: The American League’s best team doesn’t figure to make many changes, but suitors for a new general manager are likely to consider Dayton Moore’s top assistant, J.J. Picollo. The 44-year-old has a scouting and development background, and Kansas City’s success should interest teams needing new leadership.
Tigers: They’ve already made the biggest move possible, dumping Dave Dombrowski, the architect of their decade of success. Now the question is, will Dombrowski’s successor, Al Avila, keep manager Brad Ausmus in place after a second disappointing season? Avila said Ausmus will be evaluated after the season.
White Sox: Robin Ventura (278-328 entering Saturday) has had three losing seasons in four years managing the White Sox and has one more season on his contract. General Manager Rick Hahn refused to talk about Ventura’s future, saying, “Anything in terms of personnel changes … will wait for the offseason.”