Mike Salk joins James and Shannon this week on the Hot Stove podcast, and after finding his “podcast voice” takes part in a discussion of the Mariners’ attempt to land Shohei Ohtani and what we have learned in the aftermath.
The three take a look at where the team is in Year 3 under Jerry Dipoto. Is it realistic to think that they can compete with the star firepower currently in the American League, or is it time for a rebuild? Can the Dipoto plan work both in the short- and long-term? Can the plan, which includes the use of analytics in player acquisition, on-field strategy and now peak performance, add up to wins in the absence of the big ticket additions?
The podcast also includes a stolen “Brock and Salk” show feature, takes a look at how the bullpen could stack up with the addition of Juan Nicasio and runs down the news, notes and moves of the week.