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AL Central tops MLB division ranks

Melky Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes will both move from the AL East to the AL Central next season. Getty Images

Since Indians general manager Chris Antonetti joked last week that he'd be in favor of a talent quarantine in the AL Central, the Tigers traded for Yoenis Cespedes and Alfredo Simon and the White Sox landed Melky Cabrera on a three-year, $42 million deal, continuing the extraordinary influx of talent into the division. The AL Central needs some sort of baseball Ellis Island to deal with all the players who have emigrated from other divisions, from Jeff Samardzija to Brandon Moss to David Robertson to Cespedes.

The Central is the home of the defending AL champions, the Kansas City Royals, as well as the Tigers, who reached the AL Championship Series in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and the Indians, who made the playoffs in 2013. Even the Minnesota Twins, generally considered the ugly duckling of the division, have stocked up this winter, adding Ervin Santana.

Considering the offseason moves, you can make a strong case that the AL Central is now baseball's best, with all of its Cy Young Award-caliber pitchers (Corey Kluber, David Price, Chris Sale, etc.) to its elite hitters (Miguel Cabrera, Jose Abreu, Victor Martinez) to the great bullpens of the Royals and Indians.

That standing has been reinforced by the amount of money taken on so far this winter.