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Rival Roundup, Vol. 49: Arby Traction

Figures are fancied and limits are learned.

Toronto Blue Jays v Detroit Tigers Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images


  • Nothing is happening.
  • No, really — this week was booked up solid with arbitration deadlines, so for the most part, teams around the American League Central were keeping things in-house and covering their bases from an internal perspective. For the most part, teams reached inoffensive deals and closed the books on team control cases; but as there are every year, some weird filings cropped up.
  • The team argument is always precedent-related; many front offices don’t budge on arbitration figures on principle. Mize has, as Rosenthal mentions, barely pitched in his big-league career. But to Mize’s credit, it’s — you know — $25k.
  • Shane Bieber’s arbitration figure is also notable, considering the Cleveland Guardians are not much for running a particularly high payroll, and that the Bieber trade rumors have been flying for quite some time now anyway.
  • In other administrative/trade-rumor-related news, Luis Robert has his sights set on a significant payday.
  • Some further White Sox news — apparently, Garrett Crochet is being worked out as a starter this spring. Just 25, Crochet has pitched exclusively out of Chicago’s bullpen during his major-league career, which spans 73 innings over three full seasons (he missed 2022.) In that time, he’s posted a 2.71 ERA/3.16 FIP, 164 ERA+, and a 10.5 K/9 with some walk concerns.
  • Here’s a look at some upcoming renovations to Progressive Field, slated for 2024-2025, and mostly centered on various improvements to/installations of social spaces within the ballpark.
  • Finally, sister site Covering the Corner writer Matt Schlichting had a piece that reminded me of our own James Fillmore, and since he’s not in the Slack and I didn’t feel like sending him an e-mail, I’m now communicating to him directly through my medium because I know he reads this every week. So, here you go, check it out. Others are welcome.

Next week’s roundup will be circumvented by one last piece on whether or not Joe Mauer is HOF-worthy before the results of the induction are finally revealed in just over a week’s time. After that, it’s back to business with the Roundup’s fiftieth edition — there will be a snack bar, live music, and lucrative giveaways.

See ya then!