The RAB Radio Show, November 24, 2009

Prospect Profile: Gavin Brooks
Pujols named NL MVP, again

After a nearly season-long hiatus, the RAB Radio Show returns for the off-season. Information flow slowly from the Yankees, but that won’t stop us from speculating on their off-season moves. Our readers are some of the finest speculators out there, so we take on a number of questions regarding what the team can do this off-season. The topics are the usual suspects:

  • What about trading for Halladay and signing Lackey? One reader suggested it, so Mike and I run down the feasibility of the idea and what it would mean for the short- and long-run.
  • Matt Holliday. There are plenty of questions regarding his candidacy for the left field gig, so we dive into that subject. It involves all left field options, including, of course, Johnny Damon.
  • In fact, we pretty much discuss the entire outfield situation for 2010. It’s a rough outlook now, but the Yanks could make a few moves to improve it.
  • Plenty more, too, on pitching, specifically the bullpen.

Podcast run time: 43:06

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Prospect Profile: Gavin Brooks
Pujols named NL MVP, again
  • Aj

    awesome it’s back!

  • Camilo Gerardo – your inception? fuck perception, go with what makes sense

    grab your podcast, it’s on!

  • Andy in Sunny Daytona

    I missed Axisa’s gruff, gravelled, New Yorkish accent.

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      I miss his hairy chest…

  • Christos

    Is it only my computer, or is this the last one from the regular season?

    • whozat

      the in-blog player is linking to the wrong one, yeah

    • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

      Yeah, they are talking about bringing Hughes up to make a start. It’s the April 23 edition.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      Christos, who is the biggest tipper in the minors?

      • Christos

        what do you mean?

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          When you were working, how gave you the most money for taking care of their equipment or what not? Weren’t you a bat boy this year? If I’m wrong, I apologize.

          • Christos

            I did it all for free, in the fall league i just sat in the dugout.

            • Andy in Sunny Daytona

              Those cheap bastards.

              • Christos

                Ha, i only batboyed for 5 games in Jacksonville (AA Marlins) agianst Chattanooga (AA Dodgers) and since i know some players, they hooked me up and let me sit in the dugout in the AFL.

  • Chip

    I could not figure out for the life of me how Wang was the 800 pound gorilla in the room and why this was a big deal. Then I realized that I’ve heard this one before….

  • whozat

    dude, Joe, did you put some kind of weird flange on this or something?

  • Christos

    Has someone e-mailed him to complain about it yet?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Because complaining gets you everything you want.

      • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

        It certainly gets more accomplished than biting your tongue lol

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

    Sorry, sorry, we’ll fix it in a sec.

    • Andy in Sunny Daytona

      It better be fixed by the time I get home……or else.

  • theyankeewarrior

    Will you guys be talking about how the Yankees plan to add two relievers to the mix like Buster wrote via Mike on MLBTR?

    Where does Olney get this from? They Yankees don’t need any relievers right now, let along two of them.

    • Tom Zig

      Need? No
      Want? Mike Gonzalez

      • Sweet Dick Willie

        Why would we give up our 1st round pick for Gonzalez? Like you said, we don’t need him.

  • Tom Zig

    New episode!

  • theyankeewarrior

    Give up our first rounder for a set up man when we have other options and by the time the playoffs come one of Hughes or Joba will be in that role anyways.

    5 starters – 4 playoff rotation spots = One starter becomes dominant 8th inning guy. I nominate Hughes.

    Bottom line: Unless its a glaring need, you don’t address the set-up role through free agency. There are reasons that these guys aren’t closers. They cost a lot of money. They hurt your farm system.

    /Farnsworth’d

    • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

      5 starters – 4 playoff rotation spots = One starter becomes dominant 8th inning guy. I nominate Hughes.

      Hughes buckled under the pressure…

      Joba wasn’t anything spectacular either…but he seems to love that role. They were both very successful…and rightfully so. They’re both VERY GOOD STARTERS…Papelbon was a good starter too (albeit not as good as them)…which could play into the fact that he’s a very good reliever (although this year he peeyou stunk up the joint when it counted)

      If I absolutely had to pick one of them to start and one to relieve…I’d put Hughes in the rotation and Joba in the bullpen I think…that could very well change at any moment in time though…haha

      • theyankeewarrior

        Sure, you could be right. I just said Hughes because if he pitches the entire season, he may approach his innings limit. But they can both dominate in that role. Hughes pitched in pressure situations before. He was the last Yankee to win a playoff game before CC this year.

        He came through all season, just ran out of gas in October/ November. But the point is that they are options. When you have solid options, you don’t give up a draft pick and hand out a huge contract to a “late innings” guy.

        • JobaWockeeZ

          Hughes’ limit confirmed by Cashman shouldn’t be too major.

        • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

          He was the last Yankee to win a playoff game before CC this year.

          I was at that game! It was also the last appearance of Roger Clemens…

          Come to think of it…I’ve seen some pretty good games in my career

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        “Hughes buckled under the pressure…”

        1) That’s your perception. It could have been a number of issues, including fatigue. It could have been the pressure, it could have been other factors, or it could have been a combination of both.

        2) Even if he did buckle under the pressure, that does not suggest he’ll do it again.

        • http://kyivpost.img.com.ua/img/forall/a/355/5.jpg Rose

          Yeah, and just because you have a certain perception of me…doesn’t mean that I’ll necessarily not try to change either. But that doesn’t seem to change your perception of me regardless.

          No need for response. Just saying. You might want to take your own advise sometimes.

          /Just sayin’

          P.S. I agree with what you said.

  • JMK aka The Overshare

    Here’s what I’ve learned so far (about 20 minutes in):

    We’re signing Fernando Rodney, John Lackey, and trading both Hughes and Joba for Halladay!

    So excited!

    • Tom Zig

      yeee hawww!

  • ClayBuchholzLovesLaptops

    Will this be a regular feature again? Will we get earlier notice to send in questions if it’s not on a regular shedule?

  • J.R.

    Great to see the RAB Radio Show back again. It truly is the best way to kill an hour at the office.

  • Aj

    It was great, thanks guys!