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The Red Seat Podcast: This Is Sparta!

Jake, Keaton, and Bob celebrate the podcast’s 300th episode, review the starting pitching market, and discuss the openings at second base and designated hitter.

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Welcome back to The Red Seat Podcast, episode number 300! This week, Jake Devereaux, Keaton DeRocher, and Bob Osgood celebrate the podcast milestone, review the starting pitching market, and discuss the openings at second base and designated hitter.

We opened the show discussing the 300 episodes, which we couldn’t have done without our great listeners. We also couldn’t have done it without out-of-context tweets from Peter Gammons.

A couple of major names are already off the board in the starting pitcher market, with Aaron Nola and Sonny Gray signing before the winter meetings. We attempted to tier out the remaining free agent targets, along with rumored trade candidates and discussed who we think the Red Sox should be in on.

At second base, the cupboard is bare from the start on free-agent targets, unless you’re interested in Whit Merrifield (one of us is). We rank the trade candidates and likelihood of a trade, or whether the team would be better off spending their money and prospect assets elsewhere.

There is also a glaring need for a right-handed bat, with Justin Turner opting for free agency. Do we think Turner is most likely to return, or might a 2-to-3 year deal for a name like Jorge Soler, Mitch Garver, or a trade be in the works?

Finally, we answered listener questions about Nick Yorke’s future with the Red Sox and the pace of the offseason hot stove.

If you have a question for an upcoming Red Seat pod, you can email us at redseatpodcast@gmail.com or tweet us. On Twitter, Jake is @DevJake, Keaton is @TheSpokenKeats and Bob is @BobOsgood15.