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The Voice of the Turtle, Episode 18: Options, options, options

In our final podcast of 2015, Rob and HookSlide break down the Justin Wilson trade, pick apart the Tigers roster, and get some inside info on the New York Yankees' offseason from special guest Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley.

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Give it up, Al Avila. We know you're listening. Mere hours after Rob and HookSlide finished recording their last episode of The Voice of the Turtle, the Tigers' new general manager pulled the trigger on yet another move, acquiring left-handed reliever Justin Wilson from the New York Yankees. Sent the other way were two pitching prospects, righthanders Luis Cessa and Chad Green.

The deal is a week old, but this is our hosts' first chance to take a look at the move, and they do it with the help of Tanya Bondurant, managing editor of Pinstripe Alley, SB Nation's excellent Yankees community. Tanya tempers expectations a bit, but given her lofty standards for bullpen arms -- the Yankees have both Andrew Miller and Dellin Beances at the back of their pen, remember -- we lowly Tigers fans should still be happy about the improvements made thus far.

That's not all, though! Rob and HookSlide look at the bullpen as a whole, decipher whether Bruce Rondon's rumble in winter ball means anything, and answer the latest batch of listener questions.

Topics in this week's episode include:
  • Egg nog: fair or foul?
  • What the Tigers are getting in Justin Wilson
  • Is this a good bullpen?
  • Outfield options, and if another addition is needed
  • Bruce Rondon got into more trouble
  • Rob's dominance in the Free Agency Draft
  • The Tigers Way: a necessary endeavor
  • Listener questions!
  • Why Ender Inciarte isn't the godsend some think
  • Interview with Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley
  • Do the Yankees care about losing Justin Wilson?
  • 3:51 - Rounding the Bases: Is the bullpen finally good?
  • 19:47 - Warming in the Pen: tweak the roster now, or do it later?
  • 27:18 - High and Tight: Bruce Rondon is a brawler – is that ok?
  • 45:35 - Into the Mob Scene at Home: who’s getting traded before April?
  • 1:05:09 - The 7th Inning Kvetch: what do Yankees fans think of the Justin Wilson trade?

Click below to listen to the podcast.

Once again, a huge thanks to our special guest, Tanya Bondurant of Pinstripe Alley. You can find Tanya's excellent work there, and be sure to follow her on Twitter at @tanyabondurant.

Be sure to send us your thoughts, suggestions, and questions for our next show. We're on Twitter at @blessyouboys@BYBRob, and @HookSlideBYB, on Facebook at BYB.Tigers, and can also be reached at!