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Let's be honest; right now, there is no other team better than the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central.
With all of the Tigers' major contributors from 2011 returning, there is no question that they are the team to beat in the division. The addition of Cespedes would make a repeat of the AL Central title all but certain.
Most of the teams in the AL Central, with the exception of the Kansas City Royals, are continually getting worse.
The White Sox are looking to unload a lot of their players to almost start over with their new manager taking over. Adam Dunn and Alex Rios must play better for the White Sox to have any shot at doing anything during next season.
The Indians have recently resigned Grady Sizemore to a one-year deal, but he does not make them much better than they are now. While they had a great start to last season, it is not reasonable to assume that their players can continue that success again. They will play hard, but they are no competition to the Tigers.
The Minnesota Twins are completely on the backs of both Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. If they are able to put together a better 2012 season than this past season, the Twins have a chance to give the Tigers some problems. They lack true depth in their pitching rotation, and that is a weakness that the Tigers will feed upon.
Finally, the Kansas City Royals are the rising team in Major League Baseball. With the amount of young talent they have, they will be making some noise during 2012. However, they lack experience to win a division right now.
They will have the opportunity to play spoiler to a number of teams near the end of the season, though. The Royals will not sneak up on anyone during the 2012 season.
Because the Tigers are already the dominant team in the Central Division, the addition of a dynamic young player like Cespedes would make them almost unbeatable.