Deadline gone: AL Central loads up for pennant run


The deadline just passed over an hour ago, and man sources have now confirmed no additional deals have been made by the Twins.  The AL Central was extremely active today, as all thee contenders got a piece for the stretch run and the Indians traded Victor Martinez to the Red Sox for a pair or talented young pitchers.

The Tigers got lefty Jarrod Washburn this morning, who will provide solid inning-eating for their rotation.

The Twins then jumped in and got Orlando Cabrera, a moderate upgrade in the middle infield who hits like Brendan Harris, but fields more like Nick Punto.  Cabrera isn't a huge upgrade, but combined with a resurgent Mark Grudzielanik could add a win or two to the Twins' final total.

Then, at the last minute, and seemingly without warning, the White Sox made good on a season of innuendos and finally grabbing Jake Peavy from the Padres for a large package of prospects.  Peavy might not affect the division race heavily this season, he's on the DL with ankle problems for as much as another month, but he's signed through 2012 with a club option for 2013.  Peavy/Buerhle will be a tough 1-2 for the Twins to face for years to come.

Thoughts?  With all three teams within 2.5 games of the division crown, who's the new favorite in the Central?

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