Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the Daniel Murphy, Trevor Cahill, Anibal Sanchez, and Andrew Miller signings, react in real time to the three-team Jurickson Profar trade, and answer listener emails about signing Bryce Harper for one year, signing Harper as a catcher, choosing between watching games and having access to all other information, rebuilding by collecting exorbitant contracts, an NBA case of mistaken identity, and the offseason if teams were in the dark about transactions, plus a Stat Blast about one-year wonders. Then (54:38) Ben talks to The Ringer’s Katie Baker about the greatness of the late Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own, its casting and most quotable lines, the best what-ifs from the film, what the movie missed, and what it means to many women. Lastly (1:21:36), Ben brings on another Ringer colleague, Zach Kram, to talk about the Dodgers-Reds blockbuster involving Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood, the Mariners’ trade for Domingo Santana, and his research about why trading for prospects often doesn’t pan out.
Audio intro: Willie Nelson, "So Much to Do"
Audio interstitial 1: Guided By Voices, "The Littlest League Possible"
Audio interstitial 2: Koufax, "Work Will Never End"
Audio outro: Pixies, "The Holiday Song"
Link to Travis on the slow free-agent market
Link to Jeff on the Murphy signing
Link to Jeff on Cahill
Link to Russell on the defense of emergency catchers
Link to Katie on A League of Their Own
Link to Britni on A League of Their Own
Link to Zach on trading top prospects