Cleveland Indians were overwhelming American League Central favourites in March. Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer had remained with The Tribe despite trade talks, and their supremacy in the division was expected to continue, even if with a slimmer margin.
Cleveland Indians remain the strong favourites for the American League Central despite cutting costs during the offseason.
Whatever happens this season, though, he will retire as an influential figure in 21st century baseball. Few players have been so significant for three franchises, and only a handful have competed at the highest level for 19 years.
Carlos Santana, Edwin Encarnacion, Jake Bauers and Yandy Diaz all changed teams on Thursday as the Mariners, Rays and Indians made a big trade.
Kluber is by far the best starter on the market. Cleveland could benefit from a bidding war.
Jose Ramirez has slumped, but he's still on course for a remarkable season.
Thomas Frost walks us through a decade that changed the game.
This deal might make the most sense of any we see this month.
For many years there was a monopolistic National League but come the turn of the century a new league was formed: The American League. The AL was originally called the Western League but was changed to the AL in 1900 and was officially founded as a major league in January 1901.
Baseball is back. The elongated offseason meant it sort of never went away, but that was okay. Then the never-ending Spring Training made it seem like Opening Day was just a mirage amidst the split-squad games and minor league invitations.