PEORIA, Ariz. — With blue, cloudless skies and temps in the 60s and climbing, the Extra Innings podcast returns for its first show of spring training.
Times beat writer Ryan Divish, who is in Arizona with the Mariners, and columnist Larry Stone, who will arrive next week, discuss the recent reunion with one-time top prospect Taijuan Walker. The 27-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, $2 million contract on Wednesday and participated in Thursday’s first workout.
Why would Walker return to the Mariners? And why would they want him back? How does his presence in the rotation affect the bullpen?
From there, the discussion moves to the recent announced changes to the MLB rules, specifically the three-batter minimum for pitchers and the changes to the active roster.
And the show wraps up with some debate about the proposed expansion to baseball’s postseason. Are they a good thing? Will they ruin the sanctity of the game? How many times would the Mariners have made the playoffs under these changes.