Effectively Wild Episode 1298: The Paxton Pact

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about Tommy Milone and Willians Astudillo, Bryce Harper‘s awful fielding in 2018, two more examples of percentages greater than 100, and Adrian Beltre’s retirement and atypical, incredible career, then (23:34) bring on new FanGraphs managing editor Meg Rowley to talk about both sides of the Yankees-Mariners James Paxton trade, how good Paxton is, the Mariners’ future, the definition of acehood, and a few aspects of her new job, including anxiety about covering breaking news, the difficulty of replacing writers who get hired by teams, the balance between stats stuff and non-stats stuff, common writing pitfalls, representing (and extending opportunities to) women in a male-oriented industry, weekday vs. weekend website traffic, balancing writing and editing, and more.

Audio intro: Franz Ferdinand, "Darts of Pleasure"
Audio interstitial: Camera Obscura, "James"
Audio outro: Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, "Walkin’ Boss"

Link to Ben on Harper’s defense
Link to darts story
Link to Ben on Beltre
Link to Jeff on the Paxton trade
Link to EW Secret Santa sign-up

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