The ball has finally been put in play on the 2018 Spring Training season, and that means that regular season baseball is less than one month away.
We have talked about it seemingly every week during the offseason, but Free Agency is finally moving. Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez, Jarrod Dyson, and Logan Morrison all have found new homes, but the guys are not excited about all the moves. Did the Padres make a mistake signing Eric Hosmer? Can J.D. Martinez handle the pressures of Beantown?
Plus, the Tampa Bay Rays are selling off pieces left and right. Jake Odorizzi has a new home in Minnesota as well as the aforementioned Logan Morrison, Steven Souza Jr. is now in Arizona, and Corey Dickerson is in Pittsburgh. Will there be anymore moves before the start of the season? How many games will Chris Archer pitch in Tropicana Field? Author and the voice of the Tampa Bay Ray, Dewayne Staats, drops by to talk about the ball club’s direction and expectations for 2018 and beyond.
Finally, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced two new pace of play initiatives: shorter time between innings and a limit on mound visits. Do you agree with the changes? Wait until you hear what Chris and Graham think.
All that this week and plenty more on Out of Left Field.