Friday January 22nd, 2016

The dog days of the baseball off-season are slowly giving way to the anticipation and excitement of spring training and the 2016 regular season. But before talk turns to the year to come, let's look back at what may be one of the best free-agent classes ever to exist, and what its impact could be.

On this week's edition of The Strike Zone podcast, Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter joins Ted Keith and Stephen Cannella to talk all things free agency. The creator and writer of the annual Reiter 50, which ranks the 50 best free agents every off-season, Ben talks about the standout players still trying to find a new home, revisits some of his best fits for the top free agents and debates whether or not this is the top group of free agents ever to exist in the game's history.

It's not all free agency on this week's show, however, as Ben, Ted and Keith also discuss the news that the National League may soon decide to adopt the designated hitter. The trio weighs the pros and cons of the Senior Circuit joining the AL in having a DH and discusses whether the NL would be better off sticking with pitchers at the plate.

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