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
It’s hard to sustain long quarterback rivalries in the modern NFL. Let’s hope the Bills and Chiefs buck the trend.
There were strange results and few dominant teams in the NFL in 2021, but the postseason has shaped up perfectly
Two months ago, both offenses were struggling to find the big plays that had defined them both in 2020. Now, though, they’re back on track—and just in time for an all-important game.
The Bengals’ postseason hopes rest on the success of their second-year QB and rookie wide receiver. They’re doing the exact same things they did at LSU—and showing no signs of slowing down.