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Episode 16 — Soriano, Duquette/Showalter, interpreters

In which Matt and Jason talk about Rafael Soriano’s new two-year (plus option) deal, the five-year extensions for Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter, and what the rule allowing managers to bring managers to the mound means for who/what else might be allowed to come to the mound in the future.

Non-topics: cookies, waffles, racism, zombies, haircuts, hockey, human organs, ska, Joey Cat, and John Jaso’s beard.

Episode 15 — Justin Upton, marijuana, and the Tea Party

In which Matt and Jason talk about the failed Justin Upton trade, Jonathan Singleton’s absurd 50-game suspension for marijuana, and, if the sabermetric community are like the Tea Party, who are the anarchists, fascists, and Whigs of baseball?

Non-topics: Frederick Wiseman, The West Wing, washing dishes, DOING THIS, and the most unfortunately named Hall of Famer in history.

Episode 14 — AL power, 2011 free agent review, Delmon Young

In which Matt and Jason review how the A.L. has changed so far this offseason, how well the top of the winter 2011-12 free-agent class worked out, and who Delmon Young will play for in 2013.

Other topics include skiing and some things I forgot.

Episode 13 — National League, HOF, and Native American Mascots

In which Matt and Jason discuss where the power lies in the National League and how that has shifted this winter, whether the Hall of Fame should matter (or exist), and the new Braves batting practice caps (and the Braves/Indians as a team name in general).

Non-topics: whether 33 is the same as “like 34”; male bisons; Pink’s hot dogs.

Thing Jason said that’s wrong: “everybody had agriculture!”

Thing Jason should have said: “everybody had ways of getting food that didn’t involve murder!”

Episode 12 — The Blue Jays, Minor-League Signings, and Edwin Jackson

In which Matt and Jason talk about the Blue Jays and the state of the A.L. East in the wake of the R.A. Dickey trade; how you judge general managers when they make minor-league reclamation signings (like Rich Harden or Scott Kazmir); and Edwin Jackson’s new deal and how soon before he’s traded.

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Episode 11 — Red Sox, Josh Hamilton, $300 million

In which Matt and Jason discuss whether the Red Sox have defied expectations this offseason after emptying out their payroll during 2012, the Josh Hamilton deal with the Angels, and when the first $300 million contract will happen.

(I don’t think I can post this without acknowledging that it’s weird to put up a frivolous baseball podcast given the news out of Newtown, CT, but we recorded it last night and it’s not like putting it up means you have to listen to it. But it’s there if you want it.)

Episode 10 — Blast-off!

In Episode 10, Matt and Jason talk about Dan Haren’s hip, shoulder, back, and $13 million paycheck, the value of rumor-mongering at the Winter Meetings, and whether the Phillies gave up too much for Ben Revere.

Episode 9 — Wright, Myers, Murder

In this episode, Matt and Jason talk David Wright’s extension, Wil Myers being shopped, and who they’d bump off.

Episode 8 — Awards

Here, we talk about:

  • AL MVP
  • Managers
  • NL Cy Young
  • Matt’s new hardcore album
  • Jason’s wife thinks he’s stupid
  • Beer
  • Sake
  • Throwing up
  • Torii Hunter
  • Melky Cabrera
  • Raccoons

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Episode Seven

In Episode Seven, the first episode of the 2012-13 offseason, Matt and Jason talk about the two biggest free agents out there: Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke. Much discussion is had of their positives and negatives and predictions are made. The Astros new uniforms are the topic of the third segment.