The guys weigh in on the developing story about Chase Field, with the Diamondbacks seeking a change in their lease if Maricopa County can't pay for repairs, and Maricopa County moving to prevent the team from relocation. At 34:00, the guys turn to Jeff's observations of minor leaguers from D-backs camp; at 55:00, they turn to their notes about the major league team from their time at spring training.
The guys lead off with a @Novaboltz question on what excites them most about the D-backs season -- and what scares them the most. More questions by @MythicalBen, @youknow_OJ, and @hillmerpegram on the way to talking through the D-backs' outlook with Patrick Corbin's likely innings issues this year.
The guys start off with a question from @youknow_OJ on intriguing non-roster invitees in what was a surprisingly good episode anyway. They talk through a question from @MythicalBen on ideal infield alignments, and go in a lot of different directions before turning (around the 55:00 mark) to a conversation loosely organized around the upcoming offseason report card. Lots of hot tips, from pitch spin to some Jeff advice on where to buy property.
The guys return from an impromptu hiatus at the beginning of camp to talk about adjustments they're on the watch for (Owings, Lamb and Tomas at the plate; Ray and De La Rosa on the mound) and talk about what early signs would look like for some of the team's roster battles. Twitter questions from @StelliniTweets, @Crewsett, @Ascend_Descend, @coldblueAZ, @Novaboltz, and @RockiesZingers, but not @youknow_OJ.
The guys walk through Twitter questions from @StelliniTweets, @TheStackedDeck, @baseballkrazy and even @youknow_OJ, from Jake Lamb's greatness to LOOGYs. They then talk through the 5th starter battle to feature Rubby De La Rosa and Archie Bradley, before talking through a spring training to include over two dozen relief candidates but may not have many jobs up for grabs. Come for the baseball, stay for the stimulating shrubbery discussion.
We never did figure out how to refer to the trade the D-backs competed on January 30, sending Chase Anderson, Isan Diaz, Aaron Hill and $5.5M to the Brewers for Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner. We did figure out more than a few ways to look at the trade, though, and how it impacts the team.
The guys catch up on the Jeff's social media exploits and their radical cars, but turn to some changing thoughts on Howie Kendrick and whether he fits for the D-backs. They also talk through some ZiPS comps for Paul Goldschmidt and his Hall of Fame chances, and turn to how the platoon splits for different pitchers' fastballs can be predictable.
The guys talk through a whole bunch of odds and ends, including next steps in the offseason, the next generation of young D-backs pitchers, the possibility of upgrading the bullpen, Silvino Bracho, the possibility of trading for Carlos Gonzalez, slowing down the infield with longer grass, and Neil Weinberg's collection of Dave Stewart quotes from the last year. Do we know enough now to form an opinion on Stewart as GM?
The guys start off with a question from @jgonzol16 about whether the Shelby Miller trade actually makes the 2016 D-backs better, then break down the deal itself. They return to a note from their editorial when Tony La Russa was hired, and talk about an alternative way to look at the future of the franchise and whether the Miller trade and other moves have actually compromised the post-Contention Window seasons. Next up is a tour through the relief pitching upgrades they had identified for the Offseason Plan.
The guys confirm they're really awake and react to the new #DbacksEvolution uniforms before talking through the $206 million contract terms reportedly agreed to between the D-backs and Zack Greinke. Where do they go from here?