FanGraphs Audio: Non-Tender Reactions

Episode 899

The FanGraphs crew gets together to discuss Wednesday’s non-tender deadline and the many moves surrounding it, including a longer look at one of the league’s newest free agents.

  • To start the show, Eric Longenhagen and Jason Martinez attempt to run down the majority of the transactions from this week. While there may not have been quite as many cuts as expected, plenty of talented players now find themselves free agents. Who could benefit the most from the buyer’s market? What about the possibility of the universal DH? Eric and Jason also look ahead to the upcoming Rule 5 Draft, which could result in even more moves. [2:18]
  • Next, Craig Edwards and Ben Clemens discuss the career arc of Kyle Schwarber, who was non-tendered by the Cubs. The 27-year-old was the fourth overall pick in 2014 and famously helped the Cubs win their 2016 World Series Championship, but he’s now the kind of player who can be had for cheap. Craig and Ben go back through Schwarber’s career so far, including a number of decisions that could have broken very differently. [39:06]

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Audio after the jump. (Approximate 59 minutes play time.)

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