Cheap Seats Chatter: 2021 Pre-Spring Training Signings Podcast

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Another edition of the Overtime Heroics: Cheap Seats Chatter Podcast is live now on Spotify. This edition features writers Mathias Altman-Kurosaki, Alex Clark and Joe Borek as they discuss some of the hottest topics in baseball.

Cheap Seats Chatter: Pre-Spring Training Signings

San Diego solidified one of baseball’s biggest stars for almost a decade and a half. Fernando Tatis Jr. signs a deal worth $340 that spans 14 years. Tatis is coming off only his second season in the MLB

Discussions mainly swirled around whether or not this deal will be worth it. Many long-term deals end up becoming very cumbersome to teams by paying out large sums of money for not much production. Some examples of these kinds of contracts are that of Chris Davis, Miguel Cabrera, and Albert Pujols.

Everyone unanimously thought that Tatis is one of the futures of baseball, but also acknowledged that with big contracts, come big criticisms. A large contract is great for publicity, but the expectations for Tatis are just as high. If Tatis can prove that he isn’t at his peak and will only get better as he gets older, then the Padres made a smart deal locking him up.

Taijuan Walker has decided where he will play, not just next season, but for the next two seasons. Walker signed a deal with the New York Mets for $20 million guaranteed where he joins a stacked rotation including names such as Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Marcus Stroman.

This signing made sense to everyone in the discussion today. Joe brought up the point that Walker deserves the money he got while bringing up other names of pitchers that he thinks deserve the same amount of money. For Walker, he took a gamble on himself in 2020 by signing with Seattle on a small deal. It paid off as he had a strong season with both Seattle and with Toronto when he was dealt at the deadline. Only time will show if his addition to the Mets pitching rotation will help the Mets win the N.L. East.

One of the major topics discussed on the show was the signing of James Paxton to Seattle on a one-year deal. Mariner GM Jerry Dipoto brings back the lefty traded away to New York on a short deal worth up to $10 million with incentives.

Alex brought up the idea to the group of this being the ending place for James Paxton. Paxton started his career with Seattle and that is where he made his name. It isn’t too hard to imagine that Paxton would want to finish his career with the team that he started with. This all stems from the idea that 2021 is an “audition tape” for Seattle pitching Paxton to stay with Seattle long-term.

Cheap Seats Chatter ended by talking about another team in the A.L. West as the A’s announced they have signed reliever Trevor Rosenthal. Rosenthal played with the Padres at the end of 2020 helping San Diego reach the NLDS.

Strong closers are hard to come by, and the team felt like the A’s pulled off a big move that fills a big need for Oakland after the departure of Liam Hendriks. Rosenthal signed a one-year deal showing that he is keeping his options open for 2022 and beyond.

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