Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan break down the five-for-one deal that sent Manny Machado to Los Angeles, discussing the players changing teams, the short- and long-term implications for the Dodgers and Orioles, and the ripple effects for the rest of the trade market. Then they reflect on the latest national discourse about marketing Mike Trout, review the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game, wrestle with how to handle the revelation of Josh Hader’s reprehensible tweets, and analyze the historic excellence of José Ramírez and Francisco Lindor.
Link to Jeff’s Machado post
Link to the Angels’ Trout tweet
Link to thread about Trout’s red-carpet outfit
Link to podcast conversation about marketing Trout
Link to Sheryl’s Harper post
Link to Ben’s article about Ramirez and Lindor