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Ben Lindbergh and Meg Rowley banter about top prospects making Opening Day rosters, the Padres' Sean Manaea trade and Eric Hosmer almost-trade, the A's firesale and accurate and inaccurate payroll figures, Joe Davis replacing Joe Buck in the World Series broadcast booth, new broadcaster Carlos Beltrán's comments about the Astros' sign stealing, and Wilmer Font's attempt at the first KBO perfect game, plus a Stat Blast (25:36) about Zack Collins, Reese McGuire, and one-for-one trades of same-aged players at the same position, then (35:43) bring on The Ringer's Zach Kram and Bobby Wagner to preview the 2022 season in the American League East, team by team (followed by a few updates and postscripts).


  • One-for-one trades of same-age players at the same position
  • Toronto Blue Jays season preview
  • New York Yankees season preview
  • Miami Rays season preview
  • Boston Red Sox season preview
  • Baltimore Orioles season preview


  • Many top prospects making Opening Day rosters
  • Padres trade for Sean Manaea from A's
  • Padres end up not trading away Eric Hosmer to the Mets
  • Fake news about A's payroll figures
  • Joe Davis replacing Joe Buck in World Series broadcast booth
  • Carlos Beltrán joins Yankees booth and comments on Astros sign-stealing
  • Ongoing mystery of the Yankees Letter
  • Wilmer Font's 9 perfect innings in a KBO game, but fails to get the perfect game

Stat Blast[]

  • Ben was curious about Zack Collins being traded for Reese McGuire, since they are both catchers, are the same age (born 27 days apart), were both first round picks who played 78 games last season. Why trade for an identical player? Meg notes that Collins is primarily a hitter who can catch, as opposed to a catcher who can hit.
  • Ryan Nelson found that there have been 2787 one-for-one trades, 360 of which involve players born less than 1 year apart, and of those, 90 were for players who played the same position, mostly pitchers. The most common position player position is catcher (11).
  • This is only the second such position player trade since 2005. The last catcher-for-catcher trade was in 1985.


  • Top prospects making Opening Day rosters include Julio Rodríguez (Mariners), Bobby Witt (Royals), Spencer Torkelson (Tigers), and Hunter Greene (Reds). Ben and Meg make a point to praise teams who promote their prospects, since they usually shame teams for hold them back for dubious reasons.
  • Ben says that the Padres have acquired nearly two entire starting rotations worth of pitchers.
  • Ben notes that the A's payroll is really low, but not as low as some people report, because SpoTrac reports only guaranteed salaries, which doesn't include (for example) pre-arb players.
  • Carlos Beltrán said that if anybody in the organization had told him to stop, he would have stopped. But they didn't stop on their own because "it was working". Ben and Meg suggest that Beltrán should stop digging.
  • Wilmer Font threw 9 perfect innings, but the reliever in the 10th inning gave up a walk (though preserved the no-hitter). There has not been a perfect game in KBO history.

AL East Season Preview

  • Michael Baumann was unavailable, so Bobby Wagner stepped in.
  • Ben scolds the AL East for having too many good teams. "Stop hogging all of the good playoff teams, AL East." Four out of the top six teams in the AL are in the AL East. Meg notes that the Orioles are the worst team in baseball, and the others playfully scold her for spoiling the end of the episode.
  • Ben: "Zach, you should know that it's never too early to get pedantic on this podcast."
  • To spur discussion, Ben offers these topics: Best off-season move, strength, weakness, breakout player, best rookie, stories to watch. Not all topics are covered for all teams.
Team Move Strength Weakness Breakout Rookie
Blue Jays Z+B: Matt Chapman Z: Vaccine mandate
Z: Loss of Ray and Semien
B: Back half of rotation
Z: Catcher
B: Alejandro Kirk
B: Gabriel Moreno
Yankees Z: No vaccine mandate
B: Isiah Kiner-Falefa+
Josh Donaldson
Z: Pitching
B: Lineup
Z: Lineup depth Z: Clay Holmes
Rays Z: Wander Franco
B: Corey Kluber
Z: Depth
B: Rotation Z: Brooks Raley
B: Taylor Walls
Z: Francisco Mejia
Red Sox B: Trevor Story Z: Top 6 of lineup B: Pitching Z: Jackie Bradley, Jr.
B: Tanner Houck
Z: Triston Casas
Orioles B: Fence B: Outfield Z+B: Adley Rutschman Z: Tyler Wells
  • Blue Jays
    • Ben is sad that the Jays released Greg Bird. "Are we all still believers in the Birdaissance?" teases Bobby.
    • The requirement that visitors to Canada be vaccinated against COVID-19 may force opponents to go without players when they play in Toronto.
    • Manager Charlie Montoyo said that Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. could be a 30/30 player. Everyone thinks that Vlad stealing 30 bases is ridiculous.
    • Ben apologizes for omitting "OK Blue Jays" from a discussion of baseball team songs in Episode 1831. "OK Blue Jays" is a baseball song, packed with baseball references.
  • Yankees
    • In late March, the mayor of New York City lifted the requirement that athletes be vaccinated. The New York Post claims that there are two Yankees who remain unvaccinated.
    • Kyle Higashioka has hit lots of homers in the pre-season.
  • Orioles
    • Bobby says that their best "move" was moving the left field fences back.
    • Ben says "Throw a dart" to find a weakness.
    • Zach notes that the new schedule alignment means that the Orioles play fewer games against AL East teams, which is good for them.

End of episode notes

  • Austin Meadows / Isaac Paredes trade (will be covered in Episode 1833)
  • Justin Upton released by the Angels. He was blocked at DH by Shohei Ohtani.
  • Episode 1831 follow-ups:
    • After reading listeners suggestions for players who bat left and throw right, Ben learns that there's already a term for this: "sinister right-hander".
    • Zach Britton was a reliever who came in 4th in Cy Young and 11th in MVP voting in 2016.
    • A listener points out that Marvel Comics invented the "No-Prize" for readers who point out an error and then make up an in-universe explanation for it. Perhaps the baseball version could be the "Sho-prize" for Shohei Ohtani.
    • A listener offered another solution to the fractional innings-pitched problem: Report pitcher work in outs, not innings.