After talking through a question from @youknow_OJ a/k/a the Carrasco Fiasco, Jeff answers some questions about the recently-completed Top 30 Prospects list and explains some of his considerations. The guys then turn to a longish discussion of every different kind of trade or free agent acquisition they could think of to help out the pitching staff, before quite possibly falling asleep on air.
The guys record together in Scottsdale, a short trip from Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. They talk about some of the thing they've seen at the AFL so far, Jeff drops some info about the top prospects list coming out on a serial basis, and the guy talk about what to do with so many pitchers who seem overexposed as starters but underutilized as relievers.
The guys check in on the inner workings of Jeff's mind, as he surfaces from deep minors deep research. They then talk through the D-backs' unusual payroll situation, with a lot of payroll space in the short term but limited room to work in terms of 2018. They also talk through the possible benefits of a "file and trial" arbitration strategy, and some of the team's individual cases.
The battle is on, as Jeff and Ryan take inspiration from a viral Jeff tweet and pit a team of Jeffs against a team of Ryans (WHO WINS?). They then dig in on where Chip Hale fit among MLB managers in terms of Ben Lindbergh's Manager Meddling Index and what they saw from him this season. They round things out with a look at some candidates to try picking up Carter Capps's strange delivery.
It's serious business on The Pool Shot, as the guys get a handle on the pumpkin spice flavor everything season, wish a happy birthday to Jake Lamb, and try to understand life at One Baller Street. Then it's off to Archie Bradley's new look in instructs and where he fits in D-backs Universe, followed by talk on the most important baseball conversation there is: long relief, and the sex appeal of Randall Delgado, Josh Collmenter and Jhoulys Chacin.
Although Ryan did his best to throw Jeff off of his game at the beginning of this episode, they recovered to talk about the consequences of picking at or below #10 in next year's MLB draft, the new franchise record for relief innings in a season set the night before, and what would make sense in terms of extending A.J. Pollock right now or in the offseason. They also talk through the D-backs' representatives in the Arizona Fall League and other things Keith Hessler wants you to know.
The guys talk through the D-backs' Sept call ups, including Peter O'Brien, Socrates Brito and Silvino Bracho. With Brandon Drury and Phil Gosselin now in the fold, they also talk through the infield situation that's been made more complicated by the struggles of Nick Ahmed. After some talk about David Peralta and swing mechanics, the guys turn to the Addison Reed trade and whether the D-backs should be looking to acquire a 2016 closer.
The guys return to Hot Topic on Episode 37 of The Pool Shot, because that's where all the coolest people get their accessories. Pitching is all the rage there, and the guys talk about their surprise and what to make of the team's decision to bump Randall Delgado into the rotation and what that means with respect to Aaron Blair. Then it's about the rotation, and stuff like who is good, and who is not so good, and how good are the good guys and how not as good the guys who are not as good actually are. It's spellbinding, really. Also, they forget that it was Eddie who set up the Delgado/Blair question until the last few minutes of the episode. Also, some stuff about Kenta Maeda and mental preparedness for the offseason.
Two trades on the SAME DAY? The guys remember to talk about the trades of Oliver Perez and Cliff Pennington, the promotion of Raking Jamie Romak and where he could fit in the roster with Aaron Hill in the picture. The guys also try to sort out how the roster can be upgraded, including where to draw the line on free agent pitchers and which positions on the diamond could be upgraded.