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"Hello. Has this week been wilder than the week or two leading into the lockout? Because those were busy times too, but this is wild. This is wild. I'm struggling to remember that part. That was a whole lockout ago. I know. An entire lockout has happened between then and now I think in some respects, that was crazier because, you know, like seeker one. And that was like a $300 million contract, and we had, you know, we had the wander Franco extension. That was huge. You know, Marcus Simeon signed. And sure, yeah, yeah. You know what I forgot about? That. Totally forgot that happened. And that's like just a member of the MLBPA bargaining committee. He pitches too. Yeah, the mets remade half their roster. And so in some ways, it feels like that was crazier just because of the magnitude of some of those moves. You know, we saw so many of the very, very top guys come off the board, like Robbie ray signed and, you know, also Jacob stallings got traded. Those are equivalent moves. That's the stuff happened. There was all of this. There was all this stuff that happened, but also I think that just the sheer volume in a compressed time feels at least comparable and the magnitude of the trades that we have seen is more meaningful, I think. And so it's been kind of wild, but it's been a lot of fun. Yeah, yeah, we knew it was going to be a sprint up until opening day. I compared it at some point during the lockout to the lightsaber fight, the duel of the fates at the end of The Phantom Menace when there's a little lull in the fight and the energy barriers come down and everyone is just pacing around and you know that there's going to be a climactic finale following at some point and some people are going to win and some people are going to lose and some teams are going to get cut in half and all of those things have happened and it has totally delivered on that score. So we're trying to record during a brief lull between transactions here late on Thursday afternoon. We will see if we actually make it through an episode without a major move. But we have a ton to talk about it. It took us an hour and a half last time just to catch up and now we've got another full episodes worth of transactions to dissect and discuss. So it's like we're taking on water here. We're just trying to bail out as fast as we can to avoid sinking under the weight of all of these moves. But wait, what a joy just to be able to talk about baseball stuff. Ramifications. Yeah. And I actually wrote about baseball for the first time in a while. That's how busy things have gotten. What? I know that you've had your hands full coordinating the fang GRAS staff, which is covered every move of any kind of consequence. I mean, not every not every single one. Almost. A good many of them were wrapping up on a couple of things that we have yet to get to, but there are a few and far between, so. Well, we won't get to every minor move, and we will snub some relievers today as we did last time apologies to the utility and fielders out there. But we'll get to the big ones. And I do have a few general baseball observations, but maybe we can backload those and save those for the end of the episode and just get straight to the meat and the heart of the transactions because Carlos gray is still out there. There are still good free agents and trade targets to be had, but a lot of big names have come off the board since we last spoke. So I guess we could start with Freddie Freeman who. Sure. I can't believe you don't want to start with the craziest transaction we've seen this entire season. We could also start with Chris Bryant. I don't say to say that I completely hate this. I mean, I know that the consensus is that it is weird. And I agree with that part of the consensus, but I'm here to defend. All right. Let's do it. Yeah, people probably want to know our rockies take, although I can assume they would guess some of them in anticipate some, but yeah, Chris Bryant to the rockies for a $182 million. So much money. It is quite a lot of money. And I was going to start with Freeman because I figured, well, it probably has more playoff implications. But the bright side, I mean, once Freeman did not resign with the braves once he was supplanted by Matt Olson, which was sort of a shocker as we discussed last time, it seemed likely that Freeman would land with the Dodgers at no point would I say it seemed likely that Chris Bryant would sign with the rockies until the moment that that news was announced. But that happened and as usual, the rest of the baseball world has spent the intervening time trying to play that popular game. What are the rockies thinking? Yeah. Yeah. I mean, when I say that I'm here to defend Chris Bryant's honor, here's what I mean by that. So I thought that the reaction to this signing was very interesting because on the one hand, yes, it is so the rockies of it all. It's just right there for you. It's such an easy, it's so easy to grab onto that and run with it because it's, you know, it's the rockies. They make it simple. But I found the reaction to be really interesting because I think that we should use it to think about how we assess behavior in the present compared to behavior in the past because obviously when you have recently traded a Nolan Arenado and $51 million to boot. And then you go and spend a lot of money on a guy who also plays third base some of the time it's going to be it's going to be natural to compare them. But this is a different regime, not an entirely different regime. There's a lot of common DNA here, right? But this is in theory. Multiple members of this regime have manfort DNA, actually. I don't know why, but I found that way of describing it very icky, bad. I didn't like it. I didn't like it at all. I found it on settling..