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
The guys also talk about some of the most interesting findings from the annual NFL team report cards
Which NFL team has a bug problem? Which team owners are cheap? And which team received all As? NFL players dished in these report cards, and here’s what you need to know.
What you might need to know going into ‘Dune: Part Two’
Ben, Khal, and Brian also pay their respects to the late Mike Jones, a.k.a. Virgil