Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley announce new perks available to their Patreon supporters, then (12:03) bring on Ben Clemens, the lead author of FanGraphs’ top 50 free agents ranking, to discuss qualifying offers, early transactions, and Wade Miley and size up this offseason’s free agent class, focusing on the strong selection of shortstops and starters, the players Ben is higher or lower on than the consensus, the most obvious fits for players and teams, the potential of Seiya Suzuki, how the CBA negotiations could affect the market, and more. Finally (51:10), Ben, Meg, and other Ben conduct the seventh annual EW free-agent-contract over/under draft.
Depth of free agent class
How did Ben rank and tier the free agents?
Qualifying offer decisions
Loaded shortstop class
Yan Gomes and scarcity of free agent catchers
Zack Greinke and Michael Conforto
Impact of a possible universal DH
How Ben considers possible player destinations when ranking free agents
Impact of the new CBA on free agency
Annual Free-Agent-Contracts Draft
Ben and Meg discuss a variety of new Patreon perks for supporters and how important the Patreon support is for them to continue the podcast in its current form.