Effectively Wild Episode 1158: Is a Harper in the Hand Worth Two on the 25-Man?


Ben Lindbergh and former co-host Sam Miller of ESPN discuss what (if anything) future generations will remember about the 2017 season, then answer listener emails about an Albert Pujols hypothetical, preserving and valuing front-office secrets, whether keeping Bryce Harper would be worth carrying his brother, planning the perfect baseball-fan retirement, and whether baseball fields are shaped the way they should be, plus a Stat Blast about the sequel to Robert Gsellman’s no-swing season and an ERA mystery.

Audio intro: Gillian Welch, "The Devil Had a Hold of Me"
Audio outro: Robyn Hitchcock, "The Devil’s Radio"

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have not listened to the podcast yet but of course harper is worth carrying a random dude on the roster. teams do waste a roster spot all the time on rule 5 players and many carry negative war players.

if harper is worth 5 wins and the random dude is worth 0 wins (because he doesn’t play) that is still great especially because the 25th roster player usually is zero or negative war anyway.

so from a value perspective it doesn’t really hurt however it might affect rest and subsequently injuries.