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Lookout Landing Podcast 30: The LL Offseason Plan Begins ft. Ben Thoen

Planning a course of action soon to be made obsolete in mere days by Gerard Dipoto and being distracted by golden retrievers.

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The World Series is over and free agency has begun! We've had a lovely hiatus but are refreshed and ready to discuss and debate (a lot) how the Mariners can best improve themselves this offseason. Hopefully improved health will be a component, but improved talent would make us a lot happier too. Staff writer Ben Thoen joins John and Kate to go over some of their desired pathways for filling the holes Seattle has at SP, OF, and 1B. There is, as there likely will be from every day until he signs, some Shohei Ohtani talk, but most of the focus remains on domestic free agents and trade targets. Ben dreams of Yu Darvish. Kate sets her sights on some of the mid-tier pitching options. John is really annoyed by how many former Mariners first basemen are now their best choices once again. After a healthy discussion that gets into the Lookout Landing offseason plan, we take questions on specific moves, and somehow devolve into John explaining the concept of kaiju to the group. Kate designs a potential hit Mariners fan giveaway and Ben breaks his couch. Grab your earbuds, pull up a chair, and dream about the possibilities with us. Unless you're like Ben and your couch is broken. Maybe don't sit in that then.

0:00 - 8:50 - Intro and recounting the recent news (minor league free agents, waiver claims, mispronouncing Lindsey Caughel)

8:50 - 16:00 - What we expect other teams to be doing next year (The Astros/Cleveland/Yankees/Red Sox will be good. Everyone else might be bad?)

16:00 - 49:00 - The starting pitching options, internally and externally (Ohtani-watch, followed by more tangible options)

49:00 - 1:17:50 - Platoons?! 8-man bullpens? Wolfpacks? Tandem starts?!

1:17:50-1:18:20 - Break!

1:18:20 - End - Listener questions!

Music: Dreams - Beck, Space Jam - Audio Jam ft. Lil Wayne

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