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Exit Philosophy Year 2 Episode 3
History demonstrates it’s not too late for GM Ross Atkins and his Blue Jays to reach out for the necessary pieces to supplement a roster that clearly needs more offensive punch. A history of Jan/Feb deals by Atkins since 2016 — 34 in all, up to and including free-agent RHP Yariel Rodriguez. How major-league baseball as an industry fails to understand the off-season opportunity it has to maintain the attention of its fans and why the annual Winter Meetings every December should return to being a wide-open showcase of player movement in order to compete with the other major sports. By contrast, the NFL knows how to expertly manage its own off-season. Scotty Mac outlines the baseball problem. Griff explains the potential reasons as MLB’s changing free-agent landscape slows this year’s signing process. Plus a review and preview of the NFL’s road to the Super Bowl.