The RAB Radio Show – April 2, 2009 – Episode 21


There’s but one battle left for a Yankees roster spot, and it’s for the backup infielder. The in-camp battle is between Angel Berroa and Ramiro Pena, but if it comes down to just those two the winner is pretty obvious — or at least so think Mike and I. We break down the reasons why, plus we elaborate a bit more on Dallas McPherson, who presents the Yanks with an interesting opportunity in A-Rod‘s absence.

After that it’s onto the reader questions, which revolve mostly around roster issues. We delve into some general baseball stuff, too, like the Tigers’ decision to place Rick Porcello in their rotation. Thankfully, the Yankees aren’t in that kind of situation this year. Things are set up so that the guys who still need some work are still in the minors. This is mostly notable for Phil Hughes, who pitched excellently yesterday, and will have plenty of time in AAA to hone his cutter and changeup. Armed with a 4-seamer, curve, cutter, and change, he could be a difference-maker on the Yanks in the years to come.

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  1. Matt says:

    FWIW, I did a pitiful attempt at FJM-ing that Wallace Matthews piece.


  2. GG says:

    Is A-Rod definitely going to go on the DL? We can expect that roster move before the first game?? 15-day? Seems to me he’ll be back in April.

    • Dan says:

      I assume that he will after the Cubs games. I don’t think A-Rod will be back till early May, but he certainly has made a lot of progress lately.

      I wish the weather was warmer in Scranton. That way there would be a slight chance he would pass through.

  3. Reggie C. says:

    Influenza-B sucks.

  4. Simon B. says:

    Darvish surprised me in the WBC with his velocity, but he still isn’t close to Felix, and not within miles of Lincecum.

  5. [...] As Ben mentioned earlier, A-Rod’s spot on the roster will be kept warm not by Angel Berroa, but by young Ramiro Pena. This is a pretty noteworthy development to me, because it shows how committed the Yankees’ front office is to gettingĀ  players that are younger, more athletic, and better defensively on the roster. Berroa is an experienced veteran with over 2,700 big league plate appearances to his credit and had an excellent camp (.371-.381-.597), so it certainly would have been understandable if the Yanks gave him the final bench spot. In fact, Joe and I advocated it in last week’s radio show. [...]

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