As we move toward February, the Major League Baseball offseason is showing a pulse after being virtually dormant the past couple of months.
Former Oakland Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart proposing a big investment to save his former team leads off our WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. That’s followed up with the New York Yankees taking a chance on pitcher Corey Kluber, who’s been frequently injured during the past two seasons. And are the Chicago Cubs going to trade star third baseman Kris Bryant or not?
Nolan Arenado is mad, bro. The Colorado Rockies’ best player thinks the general manager has treated him with “disrespect” and it’s increasingly looking like this situation isn’t going to end amicably.
For Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I recapped how Arenado and the Rockies got here. Also, will MLB umpires be mic’d up like NFL referees this season? Is Ryan Braun retiring after this season? Why does it matter that Kris Bryant lost his grievance with the Chicago Cubs? And the new manager of the Houston Astros is… Dusty Baker?
The 2019-20 baseball offseason is already much more exciting and interesting than it was a year ago, when transactions and activity were virtually frozen until Bryce Harper and Manny Machado signed. And that didn’t happen until late February, when teams had already reported to spring training camps.
Meanwhile, the NFL and NBA make free agency an event which fans and media follow with excitement. MLB still isn’t there, but at least top free agents like Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg are now signing in December as expected. Baseball’s winter meetings — essentially the sport’s signature offseason event — is meaningful again.
Cole’s nine-year, $324 million (!!) contract with the New York Yankees was the main topic for Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment with Pat Ryan:
So on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan, Charlie Metcalf, and I look at which teams will be active in pursuing free agents, who really needs to make an impact signing, and some of the big names rumored to be traded this offseason.
If it’s true that you ain’t tryin’ if you ain’t cheatin’, the Houston Astros have apparently been trying very hard as they’ve become one of the best teams in baseball. According to former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers, there was a whole lot of trying, in terms of stealing signs from the opposition, in 2017 when Houston won the World Series.
That’s just one of the topics Pat Ryan and I discussed on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment. We also talk about the Manager of the Year award winners and look ahead to the Cy Young Award and Most Valuable Player announcements.
[Note: There was a glitch in the recording around the 13:10 mark, some kind of hiccup with my internet connection. Sorry about that.]