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bnpodcastimagesmallIt’s the sixteenth episode of a super awesome podcast featuring me and Sahadev Sharma. You can listen to the podcast there below, or download it for later listening. You can also subscribe via iTunes. Here’s your iTunes link, and you can also find it by searching in the iTunes store. For those of you who use other feed-catching services, here’s the podcast feed. For those of you just tuning in who want to catch up on prior episodes, here’s the whole lot.

As always, you can send questions, comments, etc. to the official podcast email address (podcast AT bleachernation DOT com) if you want your thoughts included on a future show. Today’s emails talk about scrappy players, Kane County convenience … and we get some criticism.

This week we talk about Michael Bourn signing with the Indians, Carlos Marmol’s trade value in light of his potential legal struggles, and whether we’d want to know if we were a GM and someone in our organization was passing out PEDs.

We also touch on the Bunt Tournament(!!!), projections for Cubs players in 2013, and the sobering possibility of a Tony Campana departure. It’s a densely-packed 90 minutes of Cubs-and-baseball-related discussion.

Enjoy:

  • ETS

    Sorry, unrelated to the podcast (I assume), but thought this was worth pointing out. Apparently, Rosenthal loves the new CBA. I seem to disagree with some of his points.

    “Though MLB and the MLBPA finalized baseball’s current collective bargaining agreement during the 2011-12 offseason, some elements of the CBA didn’t take effect until this winter. This means the 2012-13 offseason has been the first full winter under the sport’s new CBA. So far, it’s turning out better than many anticipated, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Here are some details from Rosenthal:

    The CBA has led to uncharacteristic caution from the Yankees while creating incentives for many other teams to spend. The agreement’s market-disqualification program encourages large market teams such as the Blue Jays, Braves and Nationals to spend. As Rosenthal explains, those teams are seeing their revenue sharing proceeds diminish. This change encourages the clubs to spend and generate revenue with on-field success.
    The MLBPA would love to eliminate draft pick compensation, as Rosenthal notes. However, the new CBA reduced the number of players linked to compensation. And those connected to draft picks such as Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Rafael Soriano are signing lucrative deals.
    MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes recently examined the effect the qualifying offer had on teams and free agents. Check out Tim’s post for the thoughts of MLB execs and agents on the new system.
    Indians front office executives encouraged ownership to spend on Bourn, explaining that it could be a while before a similarly appealing opportunity emerged.
    Many executives consider the recently-imposed amateur spending limits counter-productive, Rosenthal reports.
    MLB has “no intention” of changing the rule that protects the top ten selections in the draft (Twitter links). The Mets were considering challenging the rule and arguing that they should have a protected 11th overall selection after finishing with one of the ten worst records in baseball. The language in the CBA on the matter is clear in MLB’s view.”

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/02/rosenthal-on-cba.html

  • Jacob

    Ronny Cedeno for the fan favorite HOF.. I don’t know if it was across the board.. but I know when I was little I loved me some Ronny Cedeno haha.

  • Casey

    Scrappiest player of all time- Augie Ojeda!

  • Danny Ballgame

    Hey Brett,

    Is there any way to get a transcript of the podcast? I read all of the articles here on BN, but I do not have the ability to listen to the podcast and I would really enjoy “hearing” what you guys are discussing.

    Thanks,
    Dan

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Sorry, Danny – I don’t know a way to do that, other than typing it out by hand, which … I’m sorry. Maybe there’s a software program that does it? Otherwise, unfortunately, the podcast is an auditory-only thing.

      • Danny Ballgame

        No problem man, I will have to make time to listen away from the office. Love the site anyways, great stuff.

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