What are the experts up to now? Notably, an intriguing trade involving Lorenzo Cain and a youthful slugger.
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.
Let’s start to get caught up.
On the 14th episode of the DFA Podcast, the guys officially open up trade deadline season by reviewing the Adeiny Hechavarria acquisition by Tampa Bay. Then it’s bad news on young stars Kyle Schwarber and Julio Urias, and happy returns for Felix Hernandez and Wilson Ramos.
Jesse Winker brings it all back for Ben’s dynasty team.
On the (unlucky) 13th episode of DFA, R.J. and Bryan consider the popularity of baseball trade rumors while speculating on the deadline. Plus, the guys go over all the recent moves, including Trevor Plouffe, Gleyber Torres, Neftali Feliz, and Tyson Ross.
On the 12th episode of DFA, Zach Crizer’s back to join R.J. in talking about the National League Central … which of course means discussing the Brewers and their new load of upcoming talent.
On the 11th episode of DFA, Zach Crizer’s back to join Bryan and review the lack of depth at the end of the Orioles’ bench and bullpen. (Seriously, can you believe Edwin Jackson is back?) Plus Sam Dyson gets traded to the Giants, Jean Segura signs an extension, and much more!
On the 10th episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. reflect on the downgrade in Anaheim from Mike Trout to Eric Young Jr. Across Los Angeles, Brandon Morrow returns to the Dodgers’ bullpen, and the guys marvel over the players they didn’t know were still in the league. Plus much, much more!
On the ninth episode of DFA, Bryan, R.J., and Shawn close out the second month of baseball by reviewing those offseason transactions that shaped the start of this season. (Naturally, the Red Sox, Astros, Brewers, and Royals are all major topics of conversation.)
Matt Adams gets newfound attention. Max Moroff continues to rake in the minors.
On the eighth episode of DFA, R.J. gets his revenge and kicks Bryan to the curb in favor of BP’s Meg Rowley. They discuss the Cardinals trading Matt Adams to the Braves, the Angels signing Doug Fister, and of course a little Mariners talk. Plus much, much more!
On the seventh episode of DFA, Bryan and guest co-host Zach Crizer discuss the Bradley Zimmer call-up, and the potential end of the center field carousel in Cleveland. Then it’s on to the big and little moves of the past few days, including former All-Stars going down with injury and former Royals going on to new teams.
On the sixth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. review the fall of Blake Snell, as the Rays send him back down to Durham after a rough start to the season. Then it’s on to Ian Happ and his cameo in Chicago, plus the usual run-through of all things transactionâ€“including the Dodgers gaming the system and the closers disappearing in NYC.
On the fifth episode of DFA, Bryan and R.J. talk about the end of Ryan Howard’s career, what made him an interesting player, and how history will remember the powerful slugger. Then it’s on to Justin Marks and the Dodgers’ “type” of pitcher, minor moves that stick with you, and a full transaction roundup.
On the fourth episode of DFA, Bryan, R.J., and Shawn discuss the Marlins and the difficulty of rebuilding a rotation from nothing at all. After that, the guys cover the Mariners’ slow descent into madness, which obviously had an effect on them as well, as they spent too much time riffing on Adam Rosales.