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Crowding the Plate Episode 55: The Justin Verlander Trade Market

The Dodgers got the bad news about Clayton Kershaw‘s back the other day. With their superstar pitcher out for the next six to eight weeks, are they looking to complete a Justin Verlander trade with the Tigers? Stephen Strasburg also hurt his forearm. Does this open up a possible Sonny Gray to the Nationals story? What about Yu Darvish? Why aren’t the Rangers trading him? Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen discuss those possibilities.

There were also some trades that went down after last week’s podcast was recorded. What does Greg think of the mediocre haul his Tigers received for slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez? Also, what’s with the early trades going on? It feels like the buyers aren’t procrastinating their deal-making in 2017.

Crowding the Plate Episode 55: The Justin Verlander Trade Market

Music in this Episode:

Intro/Outro: “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” sung by Edward Meeker and “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by The Isotopes Punk Rock Baseball Club

Break 1: “Until I Break” by Broken Sunday and a quote from Bull Durham.

Break 2: “Stranger Then Fiction” by Bad Religion and a quote from The Natural.

Hosted by Joe Hojnacki and Greg Hessen, Crowding the Plate is a weekly baseball podcast here on Last Word on Sports. It aims to cover the fun, yet analytical, side of baseball once a week.

Joe Hojnacki writes about soccer for Last Word on Sports and is also co-host of the Crowding the Plate Podcast. An avid Red Sox fan, Joe idolizes Bryce Harper and feels that his fun showmanship is the way to save baseball from becoming overrun by old folks, and from dying out.

Greg Hessen is the resident Tigers fan on Crowding the Plate. As somewhat more of a traditionalist, Greg longs for the days of pitchers hitting in the American League and a landscape that doesn’t include things like bat flips and PEDs tarnishing the greatest of all games.


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