White Sox initially requested Logan Morrison for Ozzie Guillen

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According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald the White Sox initially offered to trade manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins for Logan Morrison before eventually settling for a pair of minor leaguers.

When the Marlins first pursued Guillen last year Morrison was reportedly the asking price as well, but with only one season remaining on Guillen’s contract and the manager clearly no longer wanted in Chicago the White Sox had relatively little leverage in the situation.

In fact, that they still ended up with a pair of decent prospects for Guillen is remarkable work by general manager Ken Williams. And once they acquired Guillen the Marlins ripped up his old contract and signed him to a new four-year, $10 million deal, so it’s not as if trading for him gave them a bargain at manager.

Plus, robbing the world of the chance to see the outspoken, oft-tweeting Morrison managed by the outspoken, oft-tweeting Guillen would have been a real shame.

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins

2017 Preview: The National League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League East

The Washington Nationals crave a playoff run that doesn’t end at the division series. The Mets crave a season in which they don’t have a press conference about an injured pitcher. The Marlins are trying to put the nightmare of the end of the 2016 behind them. The Phillies and Braves are hoping to move on from the “lose tons of games” phase of their rebuilds and move on to the “hey, these kids can play!” phase.

There is a ton of star power in the NL East — Harper, Scherzer, Cespedes, Syndergaard, Stanton, Freeman — some great young talent on ever roster and, in Ichiro and Bartolo, the two oldest players in the game. Maybe the division can’t lay claim to the best team in baseball, but there will certainly be some interesting baseball in the division.

Here’s how each team breaks down:

Washington Nationals
New York Mets
Miami Marlins
Philadelphia Phillies
Atlanta Braves