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01

The RAB Radio Show: December 1, 2009

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The off-season gets rolling tonight, as teams have to decide whether to offer arbitration to their free agents. Mike and I talk through the process and what it means for the three qualifying Yankees: Johnny Damon, Andy Pettitte, and Xavier Nady. Case in point for the Elias system being a joke: Nady is eligible for compensation, but Matsui is not.

The arbitration process is a complicated one, and in the Yankees case there are two sides to each story. There are certain scenarios under which offering arbitration to Pettitte and Damon makes sense. There are others where it does not. What the Yankees ultimately decide, which we’ll find out later today, will give us an idea of what they’re thinking. Last winter they declined to offer anyone arbitration because they wanted to have the greatest amount of available payroll. We’ll see how they proceed this year.

There are questions, of course, and we answer all of them. Among them are some non-Yankees questions. These we encourage. There are always Yankee-centric topics to discuss, but Mike and I are two guys who like to talk baseball, whatever the team. So if you have a question about someone like Zack Greinke, send it in. We’ll have fun discussing it.

Podcast run time: 1:09:45

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20 Comments»

  1. Ed says:

    Case in point for the Elias system being a joke: Nady is eligible for compensation, but Matsui is not.

    Both guys missed a lot of time over the two seasons the rankings cover.

    Matsui is ranked against DH’s, Nady against OF’s. The average DH is better than the average OF.

    Nady had a 126 OPS+ in 636 PA’s. Matsui had a 121 OPS+ in 904 PA’s. Fangraphs said Nady was worth 3.9 WAR and $17.7M over the last two years (including a negative worth this year). Matsui was worth 3.2 WAR and $14.6M.

    Looks like Elias got it right to me.

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  3. theyankeewarrior says:

    No arbitration offers. Let the Damon offerings begin.

  4. Jeff Levy says:

    Mike and Joe, where should I post or send questions for next weeks podcast?

  5. Aj says:

    Thank you guys! Anyone else have thoughts on the Brandon Lyon rumors from MLBTR?

  6. Brian says:

    You know what the RAB Radio Show is great for? Downloading and listening on your commute home.

    LOL who has an hour long commute? Takes me all of 8 minutes to get home from work.

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