Power Ranking the 25 Best Players in the AL Central Entering 2012

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Power Ranking the 25 Best Players in the AL Central Entering 2012
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The American League Central division is evolving.

For the past decade, the Minnesota Twins have dominated the division, only to fall short in the playoffs. Their success has been based on destroying their opponents in the division and coasting outside of it. The Twins have won six of the nine division championships since 2002. They've also usually had the best talent.

But 10 years later, the landscape is completely different.

The Detroit Tigers are now on top of the AL Central, while the Twins find themselves at the bottom. The Chicago White Sox, who were the Twins' main rival over the past decade, almost find themselves stuck in a quasi-rebuilding mode. The Cleveland Indians, who won the division in 2007, have started to show signs of life after another rebuilding project that saw them trade away two Cy Young Award winners.

The craziest part may be that the Royals are suddenly considered an up-and-coming team. Yup, things have changed in the AL Central.

That's what makes it exciting for fans of the division. While the players of the old wave that has dominated the 2000's have started to decline or leave for free agency, a bunch of new players have filled their places.

Here is a look at the top 25 players in the American League Central.

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