Ben Lindbergh and guest co-host Zach Kram of The Ringer banter about Clayton Kershaw’s bum arm, a rash of semi-suspiciously-timed signings, the Atlantic League as a testing ground for MLB rules changes, the latest Bryce Harper rumors, extensions for Nolan Arenado, Miles Mikolas, and Aaron Hicks, the Marwin Gonzalez signing and its implications for Willians Astudillo, and Matt Wieters joining the Cardinals, then preview the 2019 Tampa Bay Rays (36:44) with The Athletic’s Rays beat writer Josh Tolentino, and the 2019 San Diego Padres (1:03:53) with The Athletic’s Padres beat writer, Dennis Lin.
Audio intro: Aaron Lee Tasjan, "The Rest is Yet to Come"
Audio interstitial 1: Frank Sinatra, "South – To A Warmer Place"
Audio interstitial 2: Sloan, "Have Faith"
Audio outro: Wilco, "Please Be Patient With Me"
Link to Atlantic League report
Link to Zach’s Arenado post
Link to Wieters projection article
Link to Josh on the pitch clock
Link to Ben on the Padres
Link to Dennis on Stock
Link to Passan report
Link to preorder The MVP Machine