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A couple division foes will be missed, but also not at all.

Cleveland Indians v Tampa Bay Rays Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images

Well, it’s been a week! (As opposed to what, really?) This week saw the biggest transaction of the winter, free agent or otherwise — as well as the usual rumbling, tumbling winds of rumor. Whether or not wind can actually “tumble” is a question for somebody like Ian Leonard. Don’t ask me.

Chicago White Sox

  • In an uncharacteristically quiet week for one of the division’s bigger players this offseason, the Sox have been linked to some of the upper-tier free agent relievers in the bucket.
  • It’s well-known at this point that Hendriks is asking for multiple guaranteed years; Brad Hand might not be so lucky with such a request. It might be beneficial for a team like the Sox to diversify their relief acquisitions (adding a Hand + Colome, perhaps) to insure against the unpredictability of locking in a 31-year-old reliever to a four-year contract right now.

Cleveland Spiders

  • As close division rivals, we know all too well what Cleveland is losing in these two players — but who will we be getting to know? It will take a few years for Isiah Greene and Josh Wolf to reach the majors — both being 20 years of age or younger, and near the bottom of New York’s top 10 prospects — but a pair of young infielders are joining the roster in Ohio.
  • Amed Rosario has the longest track record, at 25 years old with over three years of service time. A former PCL Rookie of the Year and Futures Game alum, Rosario’s best season to date was 2019, when he led the National League in singles but posted the worst DRS among qualifying shortstops (-10.) He also doesn’t walk a lot, with a 2.7 BB% in 46 games last season. It’s not clear whether Cleveland intends for him to stick at shortstop, or will move him around the diamond and try to squeeze some utility out of him.
  • Then there’s Andres Gimenez, the 22-year-old lefty whose debut came in 2020 after a direct promotion from the Mets’ Double-A team. In 49 games, he stamped in a 105 wRC+, 0.8 WAR, with a statline including three homers and eight steals.
  • If either of these middle infielders were to take over for Lindor full-time, it would probably be Gimenez, who’s graded out as a better fielder (despite admittedly limited sample) but could stand to make some more emphatic contact. His age, combined with his skillset, probably makes him the most attractive piece in the short-term out of anyone in this deal.

Detroit Tigers

  • Somehow, one of the most lucrative deals this offseason was granted to Mr. Robbie Grossman, who managed to squeeze a multi-year contract out of the Tigers this week.
  • Grossman is, weirdly, a much-needed addition to the Detroit lineup. The 2020 Tigers were historically bad when it came to their hitters’ K/BB ratio, and Grossman is a patient man with a career OBP of .350. Despite suspect fielding, he’s been worth roughly a win per year.
  • Catcher Eric Haase cleared waivers and was outrighted to the minors.

Kansas City Royals

  • A good indicator of how busy the Royals are this week can be found on the frontpage of Royals Review, where you can find a review of the 2011 Japanese film Moshidora, or もし高校野球の女子マネージャーがドラッカーの『マネジメント』を読んだら, which apparently translates to What if the Manager of a High School Baseball Team Read Drucker’s “Management”? It’s based on the novel of the same name, and there was also an anime series.

Will the Lindor trade serve as the first domino in a series of market-wide movement? Or will teams continue to play roster-building chicken? Find out next week on...RIVAL ROUNDUP.