MLB winter meetings 2018: What you need to know about the Indians, White Sox and the AL Central –

The 2018 winter meetings will take place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from Monday, Dec. 10, through Thursday, Dec. 13. Officially, the winter meetings are about off-the-field business, especially on the minor-league side. Unofficially, the winter meetings are all about trades and free-agent signings and hot-stove rumors. Put all 30 general managers in one place — plus agents! — and deals inevitably get done.

Without fail, the winter meetings constitute the busiest days of the offseason, and this year’s edition will likely be no exception, what with Bryce Harper and Manny Machado sitting in free agency. Those two 26-year-old generational free agents will dominate the headlines, yes, but there will be plenty more going on.

So with the 2018 Winter Meetings right around the corner, this is as good a time as any to survey the lay of the land. We’re in the midst of taking stock of all 30 MLB teams, their needs, and top storylines heading into the Winter Meetings. (Here are our previews for the NL East, AL East and NL Central.) Up this time is the American League Central … 

Chicago White Sox

Needs: First and foremost, Chicago needs rotation help. Reynaldo Lopez and Carlos Rodon make for a workable front end, but Rodon has a spotty health history. Elsewhere, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Covey, and Manny Banuelos don’t inspire a great deal of confidence. There are some prospects who’ll be ready soon, but the greatest of these — Michael Kopech — will likely miss all of the 2019 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. So GM Rick Hahn needs to be targeting known quantities to install at the front end, whether via free agency or trade. Third base and center field also stand out as needs. A.J. Pollock would be a good get on

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