What, exactly, are the Rays doing? And does anyone, except PECOTA, believe they have a chance in 2018?
On the 33rd episode of the DFA podcast, R.J. and Bryan walk us through a couple of recent catcher extensions … Kurt Suzuki and Tucker Barnhart! With this as a springboard, the guys discuss the recent spate of catcher concussions, and R.J.’s recent research and discussion with Tyler Flowers.
On the 32nd episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. take a left turn from their recent discussions about good teams to talk about a bad one: the San Diego Padres. Sure, they talk a bit about Clayton Richard’s extension, but it’s mainly an excuse to talk about the interesting young players on the Friars’ roster and their fascinating skipper, Andy Green.
On the 31st episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. had so much fun talking about the surging Indians last week, that they choose to follow the same format this week. This time, the topics du jour are the two other playoff teams: the (quiet) Washington Nationals and the (loud) Houston Astros.
On the 30th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. mix up the format in order to talk about Cleveland’s surprising 21-game win streak and the moves and deals that brought them to this point. (Also, they argue about the respective merits of Yandy DÃaz vs. Giovanny Urshela. It’s a good show anyway.)
On the 29th episode of the DFA podcast, your intrepid hosts review a pair of slightly different transactions: the Pirates’ extensions of Neal Huntington and Clint Hurdle. When they get back to player moves, Bryan and R.J. review Victor Robles’ callup, Juan Nicasio’s latest move, Jimmy Nelson’s injury, and whatever the heck happened to the Royals’ bullpen. (Mike Minor!)
On the 28th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. go over a trio of top prospect callups: Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, and J.P. Crawford. The guys then hit the small waiver-wire moves that took place, consider the Cardinals’ process, and close things out with some talk about Nori Aoki.
On the 27th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. discuss the Tigers’ flash teardown and their deals of Justin Verlander to the Astros and Justin Upton to the Angels. Plus, the other little moves that made our second deadline so exciting, including Mike Leake to the Mariners, Brandon Phillips to the Angels, and more.
On the 26th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. are talking about the two most prolific home run hitters of the past month: Rhys Hoskins and Giancarlo Stanton. Will Hoskins be Kevin Maas or Aaron Judge? (Or neither?) Will Stanton break 60 dingers? (Or 70?) Plus much, much more.
On the 24th episode of the DFA podcast, R.J. and guest host Zach Crizer reflect on Jered Weaver’s career and, most importantly, his impact on Jeff Sullivan’s tweets. Then it’s on to the moves of the past few days, including Chris Hatcher’s move to Oakland and the Twins’ gigantic new starting pitcher.
On the 23rd episode of the DFA podcast, R.J. and Bryan need to tell you about Tyler Clippard and the Astros’ bullpen. (Not great for a World Series contender.) And is Neil Walker the missing piece for Milwaukee’s Wild Card run? (Probably not!) At least we have Giancarlo Stanton rumors. (Oh no!)
On the 22nd episode of the DFA podcast, R.J. and Bryan are joined by BP’s Jarrett Seidler to talk about the biggest post-deadline deal (Jay Bruce to the Indians), the callups of Dominic Smith and Amed Rosario, and … whatever the Mets’ plan is for 2018!
On the 21th episode of the DFA podcast, R.J. rejoins the show to talk about some of the deadline deals, including the red-hot Tim Beckham’s move to Baltimore and the Yu Darvish blockbuster. Then it’s on to the Mariners (where Jerry Dipoto snagged another first baseman) and the regular league-wide roundup.
On the 19th episode of the DFA podcast, Bryan and R.J. hit the big questions, both literally and figuratively. Did the Mets get enough in return for man-mountain Lucas Duda? And where is Rangers ace Yu Darvish going to pitch in August? All that and much more!
On the 18th episode of the DFA podcast, it’s time to talk about all those medium-sized deals that are part and parcel of deadline season. The Padres and Royals swap intriguing pitchers, Jaime Garcia (finally) heads to Minnesota, and the Red Sox add two third basemen: one from within and one from without.
On the 15th episode of the DFA Podcast, R.J. and Bryan spend some time talking about Miguel Montero’s ouster from the defending champs, and what the Cubs should do to fill their backup catcher void. Then it’s on to young player injuries (Trea Turner, Dustin Fowler) and R.J.’s quest to hunt the paranormal with Rockies hurler Jon Gray.