Wednesday Podcast: Eric O'Flaherty and the 162-game bullpen

Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Alex Hall goes on the Phil Naessens Show to discuss Oakland A's baseball.

Good afternoon, Athletics Nation! The first 21 days of January were really boring, but now we have a new player to talk about: left-handed reliever Eric O'Flaherty, signed to a two-year deal on Wednesday. The reason that I love this signing is that it represents Oakland's philosophy of building a 162-game team rather than a 25-man roster. There was no more room for another arm on the Opening Day roster, so Billy Beane is stashing one on the DL so that there is an in-season replacement available when the inevitable need arises.

On today's Phil Naessens Show, we discuss O'Flaherty as well as the national media's tendency to snub small-market teams (illustrated by the fact that the two-time defending AL West champions will not be featured on Sunday Night Baseball in 2014). The connection was shaky today for some reason, so it sounds like I'm driving through a tunnel the whole time, but as A's fans you should be used to not having nice things (at least your computer won't be leaking sewage). My segment starts at 37:55 and goes for about 15 minutes.

Give it a listen and leave your feedback in the comments!

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