Triple Play Podcast: AL West, Royals Roster Moves, Gordon for MVP


On this week’s episode of the Triple Play Podcast, Reese, Matt, and I talked quite a bit about the American League West. The Rangers have used a small army of players this season, due in part to suffering a laundry list of injuries to key players throughout the summer. They’ve also shut down Yu Darvish to prevent their ace from spontaneously combusting simply for hanging around the mound in Texas. Jack Zduriencik received a contract extension to stay on as Mariners general manager for a couple more years, despite that franchise not finishing above 3rd place in his 6-year tenure.

Also in Mariners’ news, former super prospect Jesus Montero went after a Mariners scout – with a baseball bat – after the scout heckled Montero during a game and sent an ice cream sandwich into the dugout. As you might expect, this was a fun story to dissect.

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In Oakland, Billy Beane continues to build depth on his roster, as he traded for a pair of catchers last week. We recorded this episode prior to the team trading for Adam Dunn, so I’ll add my take here: it’s a good move.

We also discussed the Braves’ Jonny Venters and the news that he will be undergoing a third Tommy John surgery.

In our Royals segment, we talked about the moves to add Jayson Nix to the roster, and how the team is preparing for this final month by bringing in more and more pieces who can contribute. Bruce Chen had not been contributing on the field, so we mentioned him being designated for assignment.

Finally, we wrapped things up by having a conversation about Alex Gordon, his awesomeness, and his chances in the MVP voting this season.

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