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1B/DH Kevin Youkilis
Chicago White Sox: DH/IF Kevin Youkilis
The White Sox have been quiet the past two offseasons, and after over-performing last year, they have struggled out of the gates this season and could begin rebuilding moving forward.
Gavin Floyd, Paul Konerko and Jesse Crain are their three big free agents, and if Konerko opts to retire, replacing him would be the team's biggest area of need. If Adam Dunn slid to first base, the team could look for a short-term DH option to fill the void; Youkilis has a history with the team already after playing with them in the second half last year.
Cleveland Indians: SP Bronson Arroyo
It was a busy offseason for the Indians as they added a number of veteran pieces to improve their lineup, and it appears the team will do what it can to avoid a full-scale rebuild.
Re-signing Mark Reynolds may become a priority if he can continue putting up the numbers he has so far this season, but at the end of the day the Indians will go as far as their pitching can take them. Arroyo gives the team a proven veteran arm to anchor the staff and could help improve it as a whole.
Detroit Tigers: SS Stephen Drew
The Tigers' big offseason signings of Anibal Sanchez and Torii Hunter have paid off in a big way so far this season, but despite how well they have played, there are still some holes.
Finding a long-term answer at shortstop, where Jhonny Peralta is set to leave in free agency, is likely the biggest need for the Tigers this offseason. Drew signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox to bridge the gap to Jose Iglesias, and if he can prove himself in Boston he'll be in line for a multi-year deal next winter.
Kansas City Royals: RF David DeJesus
Re-signing Ervin Santana could be in the cards, especially after seeing the team reward Jeremy Guthrie with an extension this past offseason, but right field will likely be the team's biggest need.
Jeff Francoeur has been a positive figure in the clubhouse, but his production has been poor since his first season in Kansas City. They likely won't go after any of the big names, but bringing back DeJesus on a short-term deal could make sense to fill out the roster.
Minnesota Twins: SP Edinson Volquez
After posting the worst rotation ERA in baseball last season, the Twins added Kevin Correia, Mike Pelfrey and Vance Worley to the mix this offseason.
The rotation remains one of the worst in baseball, though, and it will likely need to be addressed once again this offseason. Volquez has been far from consistent throughout his career, but he will likely represent the moderate-cost, high-upside arm that the Twins have targeted of late.