Manny and CT (aka “The Andy Kaufman of Podcasting”) are back to recap the 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings. Not topic is out of bounds!
In this Bonus Pod, Manny and and CT break down the 2018 Baseball Winter Meetings. Which moves (or non moves) helped improve a team the most?
While plenty of moves were (not) made, the boys discuss Bleacher Report’s post Winter Meetings power rankings in which the Red Sox are slotted ahead of the Yankees. Surprisingly, Manny and CT both agree with the rankings. Especially, considering that the Red Sox were by far the best team in baseball last season and all the Yankees have done so far is add a SP.
Then, Manny and CT break down the J.A. Happ deal to the Yankees. Did the Bronx Bombers overspend on an aging pitcher?
When you take into account that J.A. Happ was more valuable to his team last season when compared to his comps, the 2-year, $17M deal he received seems fair. Adding an aging starting pitcher can’t be, however, be the only way the Yankees address their starting pitching needs.
Next, the boys discuss the Craig Kimbrel situation, in which the closer is demanding a 9-figure deal. Manny breaks out some amazing stats that should support Kimbrel’s asking price. Let’s leave it at this, at this point in Kimbrel’s career, he is the best relief pitcher in baseball. Scratch that, he’s the greatest relief pitcher of ALL TIME!
Finally, Manny and CT discuss player deals. Does it make sense for an organization to reward a player for his prior performance? Or should a team base their offers on a players potential?