Effectively Wild Episode 1470: Baseball’s Busy Meetings

Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about baseball’s busy week and the Giants and Marlins moving in their outfield fences, then discuss the Angels’ signing of Anthony Rendon, touching on Rendon’s greatness and similarity to Mike Trout, what the Angels still need to do to contend and their outlook for 2020, Shohei Ohtani’s probable workload, the Dodgers’ relatively uneventful week, what this week’s activity tells us about baseball’s free-agent market, how to talk about opportunity cost with free agents, and more. Then they answer one listener email about why more players don’t sign with Scott Boras and another that inspired a Stat Blast about baseball’s most similar players, and finish with brief banter about the Rays signing Yoshitomo Tsutsugo and the Yankees bringing back Brett Gardner.

Audio intro: Belle and Sebastian, "Lord Anthony"
Audio outro: David Bowie, "New Angels of Promise"

Link to article on the homogenization of ballparks
Link to Grant on home runs and San Francisco
Link to Grant on the Giants’ quest for a 20-homer hitter
Link to FanGraphs’ home run park factors
Link to Neil Paine on Rendon as Trout’s best teammate
Link to Ben Clemens on the Rendon signing
Link to Tony Wolfe on the Angels’ pitching needs
Link to Phil Birnbaum on not being stupid
Link to info on similarity scores
Link to Thornton/Mayberry comparison
Link to data on most similar players
Link to order The MVP Machine

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