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Rival Roundup, Vol. 7: Dawdling into December

A post-holiday glance around the division.

MLB: JUL 11 Blue Jays at Braves Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Happy Sunday! Hoping you were able to enjoy a quiet, cozy, and hopefully long weekend. While players and executives alike spend time with family, the hot stove has no family, knows not the meaning of observance, and indiscriminately burns with the heat of a thousand suns, plowing through holidays and taking no prisoners until Opening Day rudely halts the ferocious stream of transaction.

Cleveland Spiders

  • Cleveland has finalized their coaching staff for the 2021 season.
  • The new guy to get to know is DeMarlo Hale, who joins the organization after a successful run in player development (among other roles) for Atlanta; it will be the second time the journeyman instructor has worked as manager Terry Francona’s bench coach (2010-11 in Boston, as part of six years of employment under Tito.)
  • Cleveland has DFA’d reliever Adam Cimber and picked up Jordan Humphreys, another pitcher, off waivers from the Giants.

Chicago White Sox

  • Yonder Alonso retired this week; you may remember him from Chicago’s 2019 edition, where he hit .178 as the team’s primary DH - at least, until he was shipped off to Colorado midseason.
  • The Field of Dreams game that was supposed to have taken place this year has been tentatively greenlit for next summer.

Kansas City Royals

  • Our friends at Royals Review are asking questions about whether someone like Adam Eaton would be a good fit, as the team looks to improve its offensive identity and replace the left-handed bat of franchise face Alex Gordon.

Detroit Tigers

See you in December!