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Episode 5: Moose and Twirl

Jesse Spector

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Mike Moustakas

Would Mike Moustakas really be a fit for the Yankees at third base on a one-year deal? Maybe, but to get to that point, a lot of other items on the hot stove have to be sorted out, and it’s not hard to make a case that as one-year third basemen go, the Yankees would be better served just bringing back Todd Frazier — that is, if he’s available for it.

Tanya Bondurant, newly anointed as the MLB league manager at SB Nation after a successful run as managing editor of Pinstripe Alley, joins the show to talk a bit about that new job, a bit about her old job, and a bit about the Yankees in general.

Finally, it’s a look around the American League East, where as excited as the Yankees are for their offseason so far, everyone else is kind of down in the dumps — although the Rays do have a very Rays new player in the fold.

We really have come down from the high of the winter meetings now, and it feels like we’re getting into the doldrums of the winter, but there’s also still a lot to take care of, and outside of a brief bit about it in the interview, this episode doesn’t even touch on the Yankees’ continuing search for a starting pitcher. That’s also part of the whole “doldrums” thing, though, because there is so much wait-and-see at play in this stage of the winter.

Much like when you know who all the regular season trade candidates are in mid-June, it still takes until late July for the real action to get going. The reasons for the slow pace of the offseason are different — nobody with players to trade is wondering if they’ll get hot and work their way back into the race, for instance — but it does feel similar that baseball in general is heading toward just a massive flurry of player movement once spring training crosses over from feeling like it’s a long ways off to feeling like it’s right around the corner. The Yankees are playing right along with this, and are well positioned to capitalize should bargains present themselves — which is really what happened with Stanton anyway.

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Jesse Spector is a national columnist for FanRag Sports, based in New York. The host of "Jesse Spector Is..." on Tampa Bay Lightning Power Play Radio, Jesse is the former national baseball writer and national hockey writer for Sporting News. Before that, he was the Rangers beat writer for the New York Daily News, and the writer of the Touching Base baseball blog. Jesse also has written for Newsday, Baseball America, ESPN SportsTicker, and The Associated Press.

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