MLB Trade Rumors Podcast

MLB Trade Rumors Podcast

With an eye always focused on the hot stove, the MLBTR podcast gives analysis of transactions, roster moves and, of course, rumors from around the league. Host Darragh McDonald is joined each week by a fellow MLBTR writer to break it all down.

Episodes

May 22, 2024 36 mins

Anthony Franco joins Darragh McDonald to discuss what kind of offer it would take to convince Juan Soto and Scott Boras to forgo free agency, the seven-year extension offer that the Mets floated to Pete Alonso last year and what he and the team will decide to do this year as he is set to become a free agent. 

Listener question topics include whether the Orioles and Tigers could match up on a trade involving a bat for a bul...

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Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss Paul Skenes debuting in Pittsburgh, the way the media hypes up young players and places impossible expectations on them, the new TV deal between Roku and MLB and what it means for the future of broadcast availability, the brutal WIllson Contreras injury suffered from getting hit by a swing and why pitch framing is causing catchers to get closer to the hitter's bats, and the surpris...

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Anthony Franco  joins Darragh McDonald to discuss Luis Arraez getting traded to the Padres, what other assets the Marlins could trade and the wheeling and dealing front office in San Diego. 

Listener email topics include when Paul Skenes will be called up by the Pirates and when Jackson Holliday will be called back up by the Orioles, what an automated strike zone could look like in MLB, and why the Tigers aren't makin...

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Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss Jose Abreu agreeing to be sent down to the minors, Mike Trout's torn meniscus, the myth of teams having too many players at a certain position, when top prospects like Junior Caminero and Jackson Jobe could be called up, why the White Sox won't be able to pick higher than tenth in the 2025 draft despite their bad record, the average time a repaired tendon can last after Tommy ...

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MLBTR's Anthony Franco joins Darragh McDonald for an all-mailbag episode with topics including: which division leaders are mostly likely to stay in first place, the Cardinals' struggles and their overreacting fanbase, some technicalities teams deal with when making minor trades, the potential trade market for Jazz Chisholm, what pitch mix would be best to minimize injuries, why there isn't more accountability for bad...

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MLBTR's Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the site's newly published Free Agents Power Rankings, how Gerrit Cole could potentially end up a free agent this year, the legal details that came out about Shohei Ohtani's interpreter allegedly stealing millions of dollars and the mess that is leading the A's to temporarily move to Sacramento. 

Listener email topics include how pitchers can get charged for a...

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It's a four-person panel with Tim Dierkes, Steve Adams and Anthony Franco all joining Darragh McDonald to discuss why the offseason didn't go as expected, what lessons they can take into next year's top 50 free agent list, some bad predictions they made,  which trends could continue in the future, what to expect in the next CBA to protect young players and the middle class of free agency, ways to improve parity and i...

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MLBTR's Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the Dodgers locking up catcher Will Smith to a ten-year contract extension, the Pirates trading for Joey Bart to improve their catching depth, Mike Clevinger signing with the White Sox and a three-way trade sending John Berti from the Marlins to the Yankees, and Ben Rortvedt to the Rays. 

Listener question topics include whether the Rangers would consider trading f...

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MLBTR's Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the scandal surrounding the alleged gambling of Shohei Ohtani's interpreter, JD Martinez signing with the Mets despite the hefty luxury tax penalty, a live reaction to Jordan Montgomery's deal with the Diamondbacks as the news breaks during the recording, Michael Lorenzen's deal with the Rangers, whether Jackson Holliday's assignment to Triple A is servi...

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Mutiny Within the MLBPA, Blake Snell Signs With The Giants And The Dylan Cease Trade

MLBTR's Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the power struggle within the MLBPA after a frustrating offseason for many players, Blake Snell's two-year deal with the Giants and Dylan Cease getting traded to the San Diego and the Padres propensity for acquiring and moving prospects in trades. 

Listener question t...

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MLBTR's Anthony Franco joins Darragh McDonald to discuss Lucas Giolito and Garrett Cole's respective arm injuries and whether Red Sox or Yankees could make moves for another starter, Brayan Bello's contract extension and the state of the Boston rotation going forward, the plan for Mookie Betts to move to shortstop over Gavin Lux and J.D. Davis getting released and losing out on the full terms of his arbitration salar...

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MLBTR Founder Tim Dierkes joins Darragh McDonald to discuss what led Matt Chapman to take a short-term deal, the Giants penchant for giving out deals with opt outs, Zack Wheeler signing a three-year extension with the Phillies with a big AAV and 
dark horses to sign Blake Snell and Jordan Montgomery.

Listener email topics include why fans get enjoyment from Scott Boras failing, and whether the "Scott Boras era&quo...

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MLBTR founder Tim Dierkes joins Darragh McDonald to discuss what led Cody Bellinger to take a short-term deal, why the site's prediction for him was so far off and how his contract will affect the other Boras clients still available.

Listener question topics include how players historically perform after signing midway through spring training, if the Phillies' deal with Aaron Nola looks bad in hindsight and early guesses a...

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Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss potential landing spots for the big Scott Boras clients left on the free agent market, whether they believe the executives of the Rangers, Giants and Angels who say their teams don't have any more money to spend, the Nationals no longer being for sale and the disappointing offseason they've had, and the implications of Rob Manfred's announcement that this will be his fina...

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Anthony Franco joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the Giants signing Jorge Soler, how he will fit onto their crowded roster, and whether it affects their chances of signing one of the top remaining free agents. Also, the Brewers signing Gary Sanchez, the Pirates signing Yasmani Grandal, and if the Padres will target more low-cost free agents like Jurickson Profar to remain under the competitive balance tax threshold. 

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Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the Angelos family selling the Orioles and how it could affect the franchise moving forward, how the Corbin Burnes trade  impacts both the Orioles and Brewers, and the details of the Bobby Witt Jr. extension.

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MLBTR's Anthony Franco joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the Twins trading Jorge Polanco to the Mariners for a four-player package, the Brewers signing Rhys Hoskins, and what the Blue Jays next moves will be after signing Justin Turner and whether they will make any big commitments to Matt Chapman or anyone else. They also talk about the Joc Pederson signing with the Diamondbacks and the Tigers' extension of prospect Colt...

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MLBTR writer Anthony Franco joins Darragh McDonald to discuss how much money each team gets from their TV broadcasting rights as well as the fluid situation of Diamond Sports Group's bankruptcy and what a deal involving Amazon could mean for the affected teams. On the hot stove, Josh Hader unexpectedly signed with the Astros, Robert Stephenson with the Angels and Aroldis Chapman with the Pirates.

Listener question topics includ...

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MLBTR founder Tim Dierkes joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the Cubs landing free agent Shota Imanaga as well as trading for Michael Busch from the Dodgers, the Yankees bolstering their rotation by signing Marcus Stroman and whether that will stop them from pursuing other pitching upgrades, and the Giants signing Jordan Hicks and their plan to transition him into a starter.

Listener question topics include whether the Pirates have g...

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MLBTR writer Steve Adams joins Darragh McDonald to discuss the Dodgers grabbing more headlines by signing Teoscar Hernandez, and a flurry of moves including the Marniers  sending Robbie Ray to the Giants for Mitch Haniger and Anthony DeSclafani, acquiring Luke Raley from the Rays for Jose Caballero and the Rays then trading Andrew Kittredge to St. Louis for Richie Palacios.   

Listener email questions include whether teams deferring...

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