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Nick Swisher could be the answer to the Indians' outfield need.
Chicago White Sox: Right-Handed Setup Man
The White Sox acquired Brett Myers from the Astros at the deadline last season to fill the eighth-inning role, but he is gone in free agency and looking to return to the starting rotation wherever he signs. Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton are solid veterans, but they could use another late-inning option to set up Addison Reed.
Cleveland Indians: Power-Hitting Outfielder
With their trade of Shin-Soo Choo, a move that was inevitable with his upcoming free agency, the Indians have a clear offensive void in the outfield, and the speedy Ezequiel Carrera is not the answer. With Michael Brantley currently slated to hit fifth, the team could certainly use another power hitter, and they've been linked to Nick Swisher, who would fill that void (h/t Buster Olney).
Detroit Tigers: Closer?
The Tigers have held to their stance that they'll fill the closer role internally, with flame-throwing prospect Bruce Rondon the front-runner to land the job. However, for a team looking to win it all, turning over ninth-inning duties to an unproven commodity, whether it's Rondon or someone else, seems like a risky proposition. Until Rafael Soriano signs somewhere, he has to at least be in the back of the Tigers' minds.
Kansas City Royals: Second Base
The Royals managed to build a lineup filled with homegrown—or at least internally cultivated—talent, but one hole remains at second base. Johnny Giavotella has not been the answer, and Christian Colon will likely need more seasoning in the minors before he's ready. For now it appears Chris Getz will fill the position, but the team could certainly do better.
Minnesota Twins: Starting Pitcher
The Twins have added Vance Worley and Kevin Correia already this offseason. Seeing as Scott Diamond was really the only viable starter last season, they should continue to search for rotation options. Middle infield remains an issue as well, but considering how thin the market is, the rotation is a more realistic target to shore up.