Effectively Wild Episode 1465: Free Agency’s Second Wind

Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller discuss a crowdsourced effort to help baseball writer Jen Ramos, then banter about hot stove terminology and why free-agent activity seems to be picking up, analyzing the implications of a busy non-tender deadline day and the expectations-exceeding signings of Drew Pomeranz, Mike Moustakas, Cole Hamels, Zack Wheeler, José Abreu, and others, as well as changes in how teams evaluate players and the benefits of playing possum. Then they answer listener emails about an ownership spending conspiracy and how good Mike Trout would be if baseball were the world’s only sport, plus a Stat Blast about the Mets’ extreme 9th-inning woes and an observation about Dylan Bundy and Jurickson Profar.

Audio intro: The Hold Steady, "The Stove & the Toaster"
Audio outro: The Mountain Goats, "Whole Wide World"

Link to Jen Ramos fundraiser
Link to Ben Clemens on Wheeler
Link to Dan Szymborski on the Wheeler signing
Link to Craig Edwards on the Moustakas signing
Link to Ginny Searle on the Moustakas signing and the free-agent market
Link to Edwards on non-tender takeaways
Link to Edwards on the state of team payrolls
Link to Tyler Kepner on free agency
Link to order The MVP Machine

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