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Inside a Surprisingly Eventful Baseball Week

Quick programming note: We'll be taking next Friday off because of the holiday weekend, barring any major news. We'll be back in your inboxes in two weeks, with a lot to discuss following the CBA's expiration.

Before we get into today’s newsletter, I’d like to thank Emma Baccellieri for writing last week’s edition while I was on vacation. I returned to work Monday morning, and immediately, Eduardo Rodríguez signed with the Tigers. I take full credit for this. You’re welcome.

E-Rod’s signing kicked off a surprisingly eventful week of mid-November deals, one that was all the more unexpected because of the seemingly inevitable lockout coming when the current collective bargaining agreement expires in less than two weeks.