The Ringer's Ben Lindbergh and Michael Baumann catch up with a wave of early-offseason moves, including a quintet of managerial hirings and the emergence of a new model of manager (06:00), the players association's perplexing stance on Shohei Otani (27:30), the opt-in decisions of a trio of pitchers (and the extension of Justin Upton) (39:00), potentially era-ending option decisions regarding Andre Ethier, Ichiro Suzuki, and Jose Bautista, and the Yasmani Grandal trade market (49:00).
The Early-Offseason Activity Roundup
A lot has happened since Game 7
Minnesota and Karl-Anthony Towns desperately need a less chaotic future. Firing Gersson Rosas means more drama in the short term—but perhaps some basic functionality in the long term.
Musa and Ryan answer listener questions on Radamel Falcao’s signing, a Barcelona what-if, and more
Bob Costas and Kevin Clark talk Costas’s new show and the Manning ‘MNF’ telecast in a wide-ranging ‘Slow News Day’ conversation
Survivor is back! ‘Blood and Water’ winner Tyson Apostol is joined by The Ringer’s Juliet Litman to break down changes to the show, hand out superlatives, and more!