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They Might Be Mariners, Ep. 12: Taxi Squad Debate and Oakland’s Shame

Projecting prospects most impacted by the floated roster setup, as well as ramifications of recent AL West business decisions.

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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Chavez (60) fails to catch the throw at first base as Seattle Mariners’ Abraham Almonte (36) takes advantage of the error and runs to second in the first inning of their MLB game at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

Kate, Joe, and John tackle MLB’s most recent proposals for how teams might handle the shortened season, and how minor league baseball and prospects may be impacted. With a taxi squad proposal involving 30 active players and 20 taxi squad “reserves”, teams will be digging into their prospect pools for big league action this year if games take place. What might that roster look like for the Mariners? And are there players who might be better or worse suited for such an arrangement?

We also discuss the news of the day, with the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim laying off and/or furloughing much of their scouting and player development groups. After this podcast was recording, the Athletics informed their minor leaguers they would cease paying them, but would not release them from their contracts, beginning June 1. We discuss how these circumstances may have lengthy ramifications for some teams, the AL West in particular, and how that will likely bleed into the MLB Draft as well. Plus, we float our ideas for spicing up the draft itself, in a sports-starved landscape.

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Music: “Wrecking Ball” - Bruce Springsteen / “CHANCES” - KAYTRANADA

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