Ron, Pete, and Elliott jump on with their hot takes because IT FINALLY HAPPENED! Yu Darvish is headed to Chicago in what is easily the biggest signing of the off-season thus far. They cover the contract details, the Cubs as favorites, and the winners and losers of this move.
Pete and Elliott turn the tables on Ron and special guest Chris Lollis (Cardinals Nation 24/7). They discuss the upcoming Cardinals season, what they look forward to, what they fear and what they hate about their own fans (and Cubs fans, of course).
With Elliott out sick, Ron and Pete jump on to talk about everything -- and nothing -- because nothing is happening this offseason. Jake Elliott, labor strife, the Darvish Dam, Carlos Martinez, and golf carts are all topics of conversation on this week's podcast.
FINALLY! The Stove is getting Hot. Mere hours before this week's show, the Brewers decided to go for it, trading for Christian Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain. The guys give their ill-informed hot takes on that, Yu Darvish rumors, Randall Grichuk's hurt feelings, and the new AARP chapter in San Francisco. Plus, they take their first-ever live listener questions.
Ron, Pete, and Elliott wrap up dueling convention week by touching base on Bryce Harper to the Cubs, Sammy Sosa Jackson, Yadi's announced retirement, and Mozeliak's comfort level. They also chat about Tommy "30-30 at 30" Pham, the Pirates sell-off, and Wilson Contreras's mouth. With less than a month until pitchers and catchers report, just how much content can the guys extract out of this Lukewarm Stove?
Is it just us, or is it cold in here? The Stove continues to not be Hot, with Jay Bruce panic-signing in New York for only 3 years?! Plus, we came SO CLOSE to seeing something actually happen this off-season, with the "Steve Harvey" trade of Gerrit Cole to the Astros. Ron isn't as comfortable as John Mozeliak with the Cardinals roster; the starting pitcher market is completely locked-up; and Kyle Schwarber getting is shape.
With Ron under the weather, Elliott and Pete do their best to pick up the slack, discussing the Wade Davis signing; the Cubs, Cardinals, and Jake Arrieta; and Pete's alternate explanation for this year's Frigid Stove.
Ron, Pete, and Elliott jump online for a mid-Break, midday show to discuss 2018 ZIPS projections for the Cardinals and Brewers, the stalled player market - particularly Yu Darvish and Manny Machado. They are joined in this episode for the live debut of Ron's oldest son, Braden. Braden weighs in on all of the above topics, as well as his prowess as a GM in MLB: The Show.
Merry Christmas everyone! This week's episode starts hot right out of the box, with Ron, Pete and Elliott discussing the "most overrated" players in baseball. One Cardinals third base target (Evan Longoria) is off the market, and it doesn't appear that the other (Josh Donaldson) is going anywhere. Yu Darvish signs with the Cubs! (#FakeNews). The guys discuss the Marlins disaster, the Le Batard intervew, and the Jeter town hall.
Ron, Elliott and Pete ask a lot of questions regarding the post-Winter Meetings news. Where will Yu be in the spring of 2018? Will the Cards land Longoria and Colome, or Manny Machado? Should the Cubs offer Addison Russel for Machado? How close were the Cubs to landing Ohtani? Do the Cardinals have enough pitching, or is Mozeliak's stance just a front? And what the hell are the Braves thinking?!
The Damn has broken, and free agents are signing all over. MLB. Ron, Pete, and Elliott discuss all of the relief signings and the moves that the Cubs and Cards have made thus far. They then launch into the evil Empire, the disaster that it is.
Pete and Ron couldn't help themselves. They had to jump on the podcast to talk about the two 800 pound gorillas in the room and their new teams. Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton. The newest Angels and Yankees players. Also, does this clear the runway for the Bryce Harper joining the Cubs in 2019 now that the Yankees may have taken themselves out? Pete thinks it is a possibility.
Ron and Pete were already planning to record this episode, but with the late-breaking developments in the Shohei Ohtanti sweepstakes, they had to get online to discuss it. The Cubs are in and the Cards are out. Plus, they speculate about what is going to happen now that Giancarlo "Mike" Stanton has narrowed the field down to the Giants and the Cards. They wrap things up with the Cards' contingency plans this offseason, as Ron isn't optimistic that they will land Stanton.
Ron, Elliott and a little bit of Scott sit in on this episode to cover the latest happenings with free agents and trade talks. They address the two pending deals with Stanton and Ohtani and how these two guys are clogging up some of the other moves that are bound to happen soon.
Ron and Pete dive right into the week's big news: The absolute hammering of the Atlanta Braves by Major League Baseball. They get into a pretty hot disagreement about the comparative "wrist-slap" that the Cardinals received last Spring, before turning their attention to the twin elephants of Ohtani and Stanton.
Ron and Pete open with MVP announcements, which leads into a discussion of the GM meeting elephants, Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani. After a brief rundown of the nine QO free agents, they seque into Scott Boras, Miami's selloff, The King Kong of Slug, and Jake Arrieta's nuts.
After sorting through a host of audio issues, Ron and Pete are joined by special guests Elliott and Scott to introduce a new segment: "Buy it or Bullshit?" over the free agent rumors for this off-season. They take a deep dive into the Giancarlo Stanton market, discuss the untimely passing of Roy "Doc" Halladay, and wrap things up with a quick discussion of the trade rumors currently swirling around both the Cubs and the Cardinals.