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The Voice of the Turtle, Episode 17: Al Avila does not sleep

The Winter Meetings are here, and the Tigers are Busy with a capital B! Rob and HookSlide break down this week's moves, take a look at the rest of the AL Central, and talk a little National League ball with Charlie Gebow of AZ Snakepit!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year! No, we're not talking about the Christmas season, we're referring to the MLB Winter Meetings! The Hot Stove doesn't get any hotter than this week, as all 30 MLB teams are represented in Nashville and the deals are flying left and right. From trades to free agent signings, every fanbase is hoping their team makes a bit move to bolster their chances in 2016.

Here on The Voice of the Turtle, we have all of your Winter Meetings needs covered. Free agent signings? The Tigers have had three since our last episode, and we're breaking down the ins and outs of all of them. Roster moves? Backup catcher Bryan Holaday appears to be on the outside looking in, and we'll discuss what his future holds.

Trades? The Tigers don't currently have anything on the docket, but the Arizona Diamondbacks pulled off a doozy mere minutes before our show went live. As fate would have it, we had the D-Backs represented on this week's show, courtesy of special guest Charlie Gebow from AZ Snakepit. Still blown away by the blockbuster moves of the past week, Charlie discussed the Diamondbacks' chances at contention now that their rotation is topped by Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller.

Topics in this week's episode include:
  • The Tigers got busy!
  • Mike Pelfrey might be better than we think
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia: big name, big potential
  • Is Bryan Holaday heading back to Texas?
  • What's next for the Tigers?
  • Relievers, relievers, and more relievers
  • How the Royals can repeat in 2016
  • Are the White Sox and Indians still alive?
  • Listener questions!
  • Christmas ideas and The Tigers Way
  • Snap reactions to the Shelby Miller deal
  • What the Diamondbacks need to do to return to contention
  • Are the Diamondbacks the Oregon Ducks of baseball?
  • 2:20 - Rounding the Bases: why would the Tigers sign a pitcher who isn’t good at pitching?
  • 34:02 - Warming in the Pen: would you be comfortable if the season started tomorrow?
  • 50:27 - High and Tight: are the Tigers back to being the toast of the Central?
  • 1:09:14 - Into the Mob Scene at Home: all I want for Christmas is this
  • 1:32:32 - The 7th Inning Kvetch: Zack Greinke is the Diamondbacks ace

Click below to listen to the podcast.

Once again, a huge thanks to our special guest, Charlie Gebow of AZ Snakepit. You can find Charlie's excellent writing there, and be sure to follow him on Twitter at @CLEFOAINTACRIME.

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