The Show Before the Show: Episode 137

Jays' Alford discusses winter ball in Mexico, Major League debut

By Staff | December 7, 2017 12:00 PM

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review The Show Before the Show on iTunes. The podcast is also available via the Stitcher app and Google Play. Send your questions and feedback to You can follow hosts Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun) and Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) on Twitter.

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Three Strikes (1:55)

  • It's not often that Minor League free agent signings are big news, but that's exactly what Kevin Maitan's move to the Angels for $2.2 million this week constituted. Tyler and Sam start the show by discussing what type of prospect the former Braves shortstop is now and what his addition means for the Halos.
  • There are two stories hanging around baseball's offseason, and the guys talk about both in the final two strikes. First up, Shohei Ohtani has limited his search for a Major League organization to seven teams. He'll be signing for six years, so it's likely that he'll be considering their long-term futures. What better way to look at a long-term future than to look at a farm system? The guys break down which of Ohtani's finalists are best-equipped to build winning teams.
  • Finally, Giancarlo Stanton's trade options are reportedly down to the Cardinals and Giants. The guys talk about which of the two clubs can offer Miami better prospects for the NL MVP.

Anthony Alford interview (25:07)

  • The Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect calls into the podcast from his Mexican Pacific League stint with Jalisco to talk about his time south of the border, his Major League debut in 2017, his decision to play baseball full-time and what he's learned from Toronto instructor/Hall of Famer Tim Raines.

Ben's Biz Banter (42:30)

  •'s Benjamin Hill is back for his weekly segment to discuss new logos in Augusta and Hudson Valley and what clubs have told him about their mistaken identities.

Wrapping up (1:00:33)

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