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Few teams made bigger noise this past offseason than Cleveland and Kansas City.
The Indians landed themselves a World Series-winning manager in Terry Francona and traded Shin-Soo Choo to the Cincinnati Reds in a three-way deal that landed them one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, Trevor Bauer.
Then the Indians really shocked the baseball world by convincing owner Larry Dolan to open his checkbook, signing Michael Bourn, Mark Reynolds and Nick Swisher for a combined $110 million.
While Francona has been tremendous and Bourn, after missing some time with injury, has been solid, the rest of the team's acquisitions haven't panned out.
Bauer has been shelled when he steps on the mound, whether it be in the majors or minors, Reynolds was designated for assignment last week and Swisher, while a terrific influence in the clubhouse, has not produced as expected, hitting only .237 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI.
Yet the Indians find themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt, three games out of a wild card spot and six games behind Detroit in the AL Central.
Kansas City is right on their tails, sitting four-and-a-half games out of a wild card spot and seven-and-half games behind Detroit in the division.
While Cleveland mainly played the free agent market, Kansas City spent most of its time on the trade market, rebuilding its starting rotation with two moves. The biggest one, of course, was the team's decision to trade four prospects, including Wil Myers, to Tampa Bay for Wade Davis and James Shields.
That deal has yielded mixed results, as Shields (7-8, 3.33 ERA, 1.28 WHIP) has been terrific while Davis (6-9, 5.28 ERA, 1.72 WHIP), has been dreadful.
Kansas City's best move was one that was generally overlooked, the team's acquisition of Ervin Santana from the Angels for minor league pitcher Brandon Sisk. Like Shields, Santana has been fantastic, pitching to a 3.19 ERA and 1.14 WHIP.
While both teams have positioned themselves to contend, not only in 2013 but in the future as well, failing to make the playoffs would be a disappointing way to end the season for either club.