Episode 11 – R.I.P. Wiers

Finally! After two weeks and countless problems with technology (even a power outage!) the Tarp Talk gang is back with Episode 11 (or 11A, but in reality 13 … hence the problems?). Of course we have to talk about Scott Sizemore and the possible replacements and the storylines we are following during Spring Training. This week we are joined by Dan Szymborski of Baseball Think Factory ( @DSzymborski ). Dan comes on and talks about the ZiPS projections for the Athletics this season. Who he sees as a possible over/under achievers. He also lends his opinion on what that thing is in Miami. After that we do the DTOTW and say our goodbyes.

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Time: 49:08

  • Introduction
  • Sizemore is injured. What now?
  • Adam Rosales or Eric Sogard – who is the better third baseman?
  • What key spring training story lines are we all following?
  • Does Yoenis Cespedes start right away?
  • Dan Szymborski talks A’s and ZiPS
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week
  • Future writing plans for the Tarp Talk Crew

Links
How will Mariners replace injured center field Franklin Gutierrez? by Geoff Baker
The ZiPS Projections for the Oakland A’s

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Episode 7 – If Jamie Moyer Is Still Pitching In 2015…

The Tarp Talk gang is back with Episode 7. The Athletics had a busy week on the trade front, free agent signing front, and the avoiding arbitration front. The gang talks about the Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman for Seth Smith trade and why most of them don’t like it. We also touch on the Bartolo Colon signing and how it will affect the starting rotation. We talk about the one-year deals the A’s gave Brandon McCarthy and Joey Devine to avoid arbitration and the much talked about Yankees – Mariners trade. As always we finish with the Dumb Tweet of The Week and say goodbye.

If you wish to follow the podcast on Twitter it can be found at @TarpTalk. If you have questions they can be sent to tarptalkpodcast(at)gmail(dot)com. The hosts can be found on Twitter at @cuppingmaster (Alan), @davidwiers (self-explanatory), @oakfaninva (Spencer) and @tvprcretireplan (Wishinsky).

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Time: 52:18

  • Introduction
  • Moscoso and Outman are shipped to the Mile High City
  • Smith Comes Back to Sea-Level
  • Win-win? Win for Oakland? Win for Colorado? Or the ever rare Lose-lose?
  • Does Kurt Suzuki become a better player with less time behind the plate?
  • A’s sign Bartolo Colon
  • Is the Colon signing or a potential signing of Oswalt a bigger risk?
  • McCarthy and Devine avoid arbitration
  • The Yankees and M’s make a deal
  • Win-win? Win for Seattle? Win for New York? Or the ever rare Lose-lose?
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week

Links
John Sickel’s Ratings of the Mariners’ Prospects
Pedro Martinez on Karim Garcia 

Episode 5 – There’s Always The Year After Next Year

The Tarp Talk gang is back for Episode 5! Since we last got togehter the Athletics made a couple big trades that swung the team into a full rebuild mode. After trading away Gio Gonzalez, Andrew Bailey, and Ryan Sweeney to the Nationals and Red Sox, respectively, the 2012 Athletics are looking like a very young, very different team. As always, we break down the trades, give you our thoughts on the returns, and what to look forward to in the upcoming season. We also got our first email question!

If you want to follow us on Twitter you can follow the podcast at @TarpTalk. You can follow our hosts at @oakfaninva (Spencer) , @cuppingmaster (Alan), @davidwiers (self-explanatory), and @tvprcretireplan (Wishinsky). You can send us emails to tarptalkpodcast(at)gmail(dot)com

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Time: 54:32 

  • Intro
  • Gio Gonzalez was traded to the Nationals who came back?
  • Like it or love it?
  • Josh Outman, Tom Milone and the 2012 Rotation
  • Bailey and Sweeney were traded to the Red Sox who came back?
  • Is there daylight between Sweeney and Josh Reddick?
  • Risks acquired by both Oakland and Boston
  • Raul Alcantara as the linchpin
  • We got an email! Are fans freaking out about all these trades?
  • Dumb Tweet of the Week

Links

Carson Cistulli on Tom Milone
Grant Brisbee on the Consequence of the A’s Rebuild

Episode 3 – “What’s the Park Factor there in Kalamazoo?”

We’re back with Episode 3! It was a busy week for the Athletics post-Winter Meetings. The day after the Winter Meetings ended saw the A’s trade Craig Breslow and Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks for Collin Cowgill, Ryan Cook, and Jarrod Parker. Also during the week the A’s tendered contracts to Adam Rosales, Daric Barton, Landon Powell, and Dallas Braden. All agreed to one-year contracts avoiding arbitration. We talk about the trades and contracts and get into why we do or do not like them. We, as always, close out with the Dumb Tweet of the Week.

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Time: 43:13

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