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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Gilbert, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Gilbert, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Gilbert, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Gilbert, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Gilbert, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Indy Clover: New discount store in the East Valley to buy and sell clothes

Copy This Embed Code: Ad GILBERT, AZ — There's a new store in Gilbert to help you make money off items you're not wearing anymore or find great clothing at a discount!Indy Clover opened its first Arizona location in January. The concept started in Utah.Owners Dallin and Alyssa Johnson tell ABC15 they've seen a great response from the community."Everyone's loved it," says Alyssa. "People have been making great money off of it, and then also getting good deals. So it's been perfect for ev...

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GILBERT, AZ — There's a new store in Gilbert to help you make money off items you're not wearing anymore or find great clothing at a discount!

Indy Clover opened its first Arizona location in January. The concept started in Utah.

Owners Dallin and Alyssa Johnson tell ABC15 they've seen a great response from the community.

"Everyone's loved it," says Alyssa. "People have been making great money off of it, and then also getting good deals. So it's been perfect for everyone."

So how does this concept work?

"In the store, we have 74 booths," Dallin says. "People bring in their own clothes, own accessories. Price tag their own items. We provide hangers, tags, the booth, obviously, and then they leave their clothes here for a week. At the end of the week, they can come get their clothes that didn't sell and then take home two-thirds of their earnings."

Every booth is an independent seller, clearing their families' closets of new and used items.

"I love to shop. So, I always have way too much in my closet," says seller Ally Solum.

She's rented a booth for five weeks and tells us she still has more to sell.

"I'm definitely keeping it for one more week, and I have like some things that I'll bring in tomorrow to restock."

It costs $35 dollars to have a booth for a week and the owners promise you won't lose any money.

"If they don't make $35 worth, then we reimburse them," says Dallin.

For those looking for deals, you can find even deeper discounts two days a week.

"On Thursday and Friday, we have discount day," adds Alyssa. "So, they can do 25, 50 or 75% off if they choose."

The prices and discounts are all set by the sellers.

For many, this feels easier than selling online and smarter than a yard sale.

"It's, I mean, recycling the concept," Dallin says. "Instead of just stuffing things away. You get to make your money back."

They also have a "Clover Corner" where local small businesses who don't have a physical storefront can sell their items.

You can learn more about Indy Clover on their website or follow them on social media @IndyCloverGilbert.

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Jimmies Defeat No. 16 Arizona Christian and Park-Gilbert

TUCSON, Ariz.-- The Jimmie baseball team made it three wins in their last four outings at the Tucson Invitational Games, defeating No. 16 Arizona Christian 4-3 and Park University-Gilbert 10-5.Jamestown (10-6) plays its final two games in Tucson Friday with a doubleheader against Ottawa University-Arizona.UJ had a 3-1 lead against Arizona Christian after four innings, but the Firestorm scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie the game....

TUCSON, Ariz.-- The Jimmie baseball team made it three wins in their last four outings at the Tucson Invitational Games, defeating No. 16 Arizona Christian 4-3 and Park University-Gilbert 10-5.

Jamestown (10-6) plays its final two games in Tucson Friday with a doubleheader against Ottawa University-Arizona.

UJ had a 3-1 lead against Arizona Christian after four innings, but the Firestorm scored single runs in the seventh and eighth to tie the game.

Troy Berg delivered a two-out single to bring in Alex Alva with the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth, and Kendall Yackley pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record the save. Making his first start of the season for UJ was Elias Harris, who went five innings and gave up one run on three hits while striking out six, although he did not factor in the decision. Eric Kessler, the third of four Jimmie hurlers, got credit for the win.

Jordan Singleton was 3-for-3 at the plate while Berg, Yackley, and Triston Madison all had two hits apiece. Payton Smith and Chase Burke both drove in runs for UJ in the second inning, and Smith extended the Jimmie lead in the fourth with another RBI.

Jamestown recorded another victory with Wednesday's 10-5 win against Park University-Gilbert.

Alex Alva's two-run triple in the bottom of the fourth broke a 4-4 deadlock, then Chase Burke and Triston Madison added to the lead with RBI singles. Park-Gilbert got within 8-6 after adding a pair of runs in the top of the sixth, but the Jimmies countered with two of their own in the seventh.

Chase Burke went 4-for-5 and scored four runs from the leadoff spot. Madison, Jordan Singleton, and Xander Orejudos each were 3-for-4 while Alva had his first two-hit game of the season.

Trei Hough (1-2) pitched four innings and struck out eight to get the win. Three Jimmie relievers combined to pitch the final five innings and fanned seven hitters while allowing five hits.

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Wood Partners announces grand opening of Alta Cooley Station in Gilbert

Wood Partners, a leading national multifamily real estate developer and manager, announced the grand opening of its newest luxury residential community, Alta Cooley Station, in Gilbert, Arizona today. Located just southeast of Phoenix, Alta Cooley Station marks Wood Partners' first development in the Gilbert area, ranked as one of the fastest growing cities in America.DEEPER DIVE: ...

Wood Partners, a leading national multifamily real estate developer and manager, announced the grand opening of its newest luxury residential community, Alta Cooley Station, in Gilbert, Arizona today. Located just southeast of Phoenix, Alta Cooley Station marks Wood Partners' first development in the Gilbert area, ranked as one of the fastest growing cities in America.

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Located at 2550 South Recker Road, Alta Cooley Station puts residents within minutes of the Phoenix-Gateway Airport, San Tan Mall, Verde Cooley Station, the 202 freeway, as well as a wide range of amenities and entertainment options in the East Valley area. The community is also near several of the area's major employers including ASU Polytechnic Campus, East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), Deloitte, Merrill Lynch, GoDaddy and Liberty Mutual.

"With its amazing growth rate, Gilbert is becoming one of the most desirable areas to live in the metro-Phoenix area," said Clay Richardson, Managing Director at Wood Partners. "We are pleased to open the doors to Alta Cooley Station and look forward to providing our residents with the high level of luxury and comfort synonymous with Wood Partners, and also serve as a true partner for the growing Gilbert community."

Alta Cooley Station offers 248 apartment homes, providing a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, as well as townhomes with attached garages. Homes features an array of high-end finishes including stainless steel GE appliances, sleek cabinetry with modern accents, quartz kitchen countertops with tile backsplash, wood-style plank flooring, lighted bathroom mirrors, walk-in closets for every unit, as well as full size washer and dryer sets. Select homes feature an upgraded Tech Package for added convenience.

Throughout the community, Alta Cooley Station residents have access to a suite of attractive amenities including a resort-style pool and jacuzzi and BBQ grills. Inside, residents have access to a 24-hour fitness center and yoga studio, club room, performance stage, micro-offices and conference area, Wi-Fi lounge and coffee bar, game room and a speakeasy.

Alta Cooley Station is situated next door to Verde at Cooley Station, Gilbert's newest retail entertainment center. Verde at Cooley Station offers an array of shopping, dining and entertainment. In addition, Alta Cooley Station's prime location places residents near more than 2.3 million square-feet of retail and dining space at SanTan Village, as well as the rich history and culture of downtown Gilbert's Heritage District.

Alta Cooley Station is managed by Wood Residential. Visit for more information.

Corbin Carroll extension: Diamondbacks outfielder, No. 2 prospect, signs eight-year, $111M deal, per report

USATSI The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a long-term contract extension with outfielder Corbin Carroll, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, Steve Gilbert reports. According to Gilbert, the deal will be for eight years and a guaranteed $111 million. An option for the 2031 season, if exercised, would push the total value to $134 million. CBS Sports HQ has confirmed the deal.Carroll presently has just 38 gam...


The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a long-term contract extension with outfielder Corbin Carroll, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, Steve Gilbert reports. According to Gilbert, the deal will be for eight years and a guaranteed $111 million. An option for the 2031 season, if exercised, would push the total value to $134 million. CBS Sports HQ has confirmed the deal.

Carroll presently has just 38 games of major-league service time, which helps make this reported deal a record:

It is the largest contract ever signed by a player with less than 100 days Major League service time (and no foreign playing experience) eclipsing the $70 million extension recently signed by Michael Harris.

— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) March 11, 2023

Nick Piecoro was first to report that the two sides were in talks on a long-term deal.

Carroll, 22, made his major-league debut last season, and in 32 games for the Diamondbacks he slashed .260/.330/.500 (133 OPS+) with four home runs and nine doubles. His rookie status will remain intact for the 2023 season, and the former No. 16 overall pick projects to be Arizona's starting left fielder. Earlier this year, our R.J. Anderson ranked Carroll as baseball's No. 2 prospect. Here's what he wrote:

"Carroll was limited by injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic to 142 minor-league games ahead of his debut in Arizona last August. The lack of repetitions didn't prevent him from batting .260/.330/.500 (133 OPS+) with four home runs and two steals in 32 games. Carroll continued to exhibit swing-and-miss tendencies within the zone, ranking in the 27th percentile in that respect. That flaw won't sink him (Paul Goldschmidt and the aforementioned Gunnar Henderson were just two recognizable names around him on the leaderboard), but it may result in a higher strikeout rate than he was expected to post in the past. Still, Carroll is a well-rounded center fielder with top-of-the-scale speed who ought to provide oodles of secondary value. He should begin the season in the majors."

At a minimum, this deal would lock up Carroll through his age-29 season and buy out at least two of his free-agent years. If the option year is exercised, then Carroll would reach free agency for the first time at age 31.

The usual incentives for such deals involving very young players apply. Committing long-term to the Diamondbacks gives Carroll life-changing money and a powerful hedge against career-altering injuries and struggles. From the club standpoint, the extension gives them cost certainty through Carroll's arbitration years, lengthens the window of team control, and installs a centerpiece talent around which to build as they look to move into contending mode. There's risk on both sides in arrangements such as these, but a sensible middle ground seems to have been achieved.

Other recent long-term contract extensions involving players with less than one year of MLB service time include Wander Franco with the Rays (11 years, $182 million), Ronald Acuña with the Braves (seven years, $99.44 million), Harris' deal noted above, Luis Robert of the White Sox (six years, $50 million), and Eloy Jiménez of the White Sox (six years, $43 million). Robert and Jiménez signed their extensions prior to ever appearing in the majors.

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The 2023 World Baseball Classic is already underway and Team USA will finally get in on the action Saturday, playing its first official game of the tournament in a clash with underdog Great Britain. So to get the baseball enthusiast in general and the U.S. rooter in particular in the proper frame of mind, we're here for a quick walking tour of this edition of Team USA. We'll do in the timeless medium of "things to know," in which we designate multiple things – things related to the topic at hand – as being worthy of knowing.

Relatedly, here is the full WBC schedule, and here is everything you need to know about this year's event. Now let's talk Team USA.

1. Team USA is the defending WBC champs

Thanks largely to the pandemic, the 2023 edition is the first WBC in six years. Way back yonder in 2017, the U.S. claimed its first WBC title with a 2-1 win over Japan in the semifinals and an 8-0 victory over Puerto Rico in the finals. That marked the first time in the relatively brief history of the WBC that Team USA was able to win it:


WBC Champion


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Dominican Republic





Of note is that the MVP of Team USA's 2017 title run, Marcus Stroman, is back in the WBC this time around, but he's not pitching for the U.S. In appreciation and honor of his mother's Puerto Rican roots, he'll be helming the rotation for Yadier Molina's Puerto Rico squad.

2. The U.S. should be considered the favorites in its first-round pool

And what about the chances for a U.S. repeat? It figures to be aided by the fact that the U.S. in the round-robin opening round will be part of a winnable Pool C. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the quarterfinals, and in the case of the U.S. they'll be competing against Mexico, Canada, Colombia, and Great Britain to claim one of those two Pool C spots. Per our Matt Snyder's pre-tourney WBC Power Rankings, Team USA should be the pool favorites on paper. They come in ranked third, and Mexico and Canada check in at No. 6 and No. 10, respectively. Saturday's opponent for the U.S., Great Britain, is pegged 16th out of 20 teams. Compare that to the utter gauntlet that is Pool D – No. 1 Dominican Republic, No. 4 Venezuela, and No. 5 Puerto Rico will all call it home for the initial round.

After pool play, the WBC becomes in essence a single-elimination, eight-team tournament, and in a sport like baseball, chaos tends to reign in such a format. Team USA, though, should be a part of it.

3. The American lineup is stacked with All-Stars

Does the 2023 WBC team feature the best collection of hitters in Team USA history? You can make a persuasive argument that it does. Consider the lineup that manager Mark DeRosa can trot out against right-handed pitching:

As for other options, including potential platoon partners, the U.S. roster also includes the imposing likes of Pete Alonso, Cedric Mullins, Will Smith, Tim Anderson, and Bobby Witt Jr. It's also possible that Betts sees time at second base, which would give DeRosa even more roster flexibility. Shuffle it around however you choose – the point is that it's a powerhouse lineup no matter how you structure it. Speaking of which, here's DeRosa's actual lineup for the recent exhibition against the Giants:

Here’s Team USA’s lineup vs. the Giants:

— Maria I. Guardado (@mi_guardado) March 8, 2023

If the U.S. winds up defending belt and title, then the offense will probably carry them there.

4. The rotation is a big question mark

And now for the letdown. Finding starting pitchers willing to go full-bore in the WBC when the calendar says they should still be ramping up is always a challenge, usage rules notwithstanding. The U.S. assortment of starters this time around speaks to this reality. Right now, Lance Lynn of the White Sox, Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals, teammate Adam Wainwright, Nick Martinez of the Padres, Kyle Freeland of the Rockies, Merrill Kelly of the Diamondbacks, and Brady Singer of the Royals constitute DeRosa's rotation options. To be sure, that's hardly an embarrassing crop, but it's well shy of the star power found in the lineup. As well, one of those pitchers – Wainwright – is 41 years of age and has been battling velocity loss this spring.

In addition to Stroman's situation noted above, the U.S. also planned to have Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Nestor Cortes of the Yankees in the mix, but health concerns got in the way. As well, Giants ace Logan Webb was poised to participate but wound up not being on the roster. Maybe all of this isn't such a concern in pool play, but it could be once the U.S. runs into a thunderous lineup like the Dominican Republic's down the road.

5. The bullpen may be capable of picking up the slack

All that said, the U.S. bullpen may just be there for U.S. starting pitchers with nowhere left to turn. Given the high-leverage nature of things, contemporary managerial strategy, and the limitations placed on starters, relievers figure to play a very important role in the WBC. Fortunately for the U.S., they should be well equipped on that front.

Leading the charge for the U.S. relief corps will be, in no particular order, Devin Williams of the Brewers, Adam Ottavino of the Mets, Ryan Pressly of the Astros, Jason Adam of the Rays, David Bednar of the Pirates, Brooks Raley of the Rays, and Kendall Graveman of the White Sox (and an unused starter or two to be named). That octet in 2022 combined for an ERA of 2.32 with 580 strikeouts in 468 2/3 innings and a strikeout-to-unintentional-walk ratio of 3.92. In the aggregate, that's elite run prevention, a lot of missed bats, and dominance at the command-and-control level. There's not much in the way of depth from the left side, but overall that's a dominant assemblage of relievers. That's just what they need, given the suspect rotation.

Arizona self-storage sector lowers rents — except for boomtown Peoria

Self storage units. Storage facilities rent. Boxes and containers near storage units. Warehouse indoor. 3d illustration.The Arizon self storage sector continues to be generous compared to other states. According to a recent StorageCafe study, most cities in Arizona are deemed renter-friendly, with plenty of storage options and reasonable prices. Moreover, following the national ...

Self storage units. Storage facilities rent. Boxes and containers near storage units. Warehouse indoor. 3d illustration.

The Arizon self storage sector continues to be generous compared to other states. According to a recent StorageCafe study, most cities in Arizona are deemed renter-friendly, with plenty of storage options and reasonable prices. Moreover, following the national trend, self storage rents have decreased in many locations around the state, with Scottsdale experiencing the biggest drop year-over-year among the biggest Arizona cities – 4.8%.

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Peoria, however, is an exception to the state-wide trend, with rents climbing 3.9% year-over-year. The good momentum for self storage rates can be attributed to a strong economic and migration picture with the city emerging as one of 2022’s boomtowns. In fact, Peoria’s population has been on an upward trend for the last decade, seeing an impressive 21.46% growth in 2021 compared to 2012. Coupled with an undersupplied self storage sector – which offers approx. 4.2 sq. ft. per capita, considerably below the national benchmark – it’s no surprise storage rents are growing.

Currently, a storage unit in Peoria rents at $127 per month on average. Take a look at how this compares with the rents in Arizona’s other major cities and at how these rates have been changing:

Self Storage in Arizona Remains Good Value with Phoenix Showing Below-Average Rates

If you live in Metro Phoenix, you will be experiencing the area’s magnetic pull on new businesses and residents, plus self storage that is generally good value. The monthly average rates in Mesa, Glendale and Phoenix itself — $110, $114 and $123, respectively — are below the national figure of $126.

Tucson also posts a very reasonable monthly rate of $120, a small decrease of 1.6% year-over-year. The city of Phoenix’s rate dropped by 4% from 2021 to 2022 and the other big Valley of the Sun cities saw reductions of between 2% and 4.8% — nationally the figure was a 2.3% decrease.

Many of the country’s other big urban hubs are seeing much higher prices — the average monthly rate in similarly sized Philadelphia is $144. The big coastal metropolises, meanwhile, may charge around twice as much as Phoenix, with average rates in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York at $264, $253 and $242, respectively.

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Scottsdale has one of the strongest Valley of the Sun storage sectors, offering 7.17 square feet per capita. In addition — and this could further lower the average rent of $174 there — around 220K square feet of storage space was completed, planned or under construction in 2022, per Yardi Matrix data. That represents 8% of Scottsdale’s inventory — coincidentally, the same increase of storage coming online was registered in both Gilbert and Peoria last year.

The storage per person in some Metro Phoenix cities is not so high, with square footages of 5.80 in Mesa, 4.51 in Chandler, 4.06 in Tempe, 3.67 in Gilbert and 2.58 in Glendale. But if you are a resident of one of these fine places, you also have access to 100 or so facilities in the city of Phoenix itself. The state capital offers 4.82 square feet of storage space per person, but no less than 386K square feet of new space was reported in 2022, a 4% increase of the inventory.

Tucson, however, beats out all Metro Phoenix locations, having 7.64 square feet per resident, above the national average. In addition, storage provision there is increasing more rapidly than in any other major Arizonan city, with 625K square feet of space completed, planned or under-construction in 2022, which adds an additional 10% to the city’s inventory.


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