The RAB Radio Show: November 17, 2010


It’s been a pretty crazy 24 hours thanks to the Juston Upton trade rumors. We heard the Yankees inquired, but that’s just a formality. Of course they’re going to be interested in a player of Upton’s caliber. That means trade proposals. Mike and I don’t necessarily make one, but instead discuss some of the players who have been mentioned.

Then it’s onto the relief pitcher market, which just took a turn when the Tigers signed Joaqin Benoit to a three-year, $16.5 million deal. I approved of the Yankees pursuing Benoit, but not for a contract worth nearly that much. What does this mean for other free agent relievers? How does it affect the Yanks’ situation?

And then there’s the Manager of the Year. Girardi actually got one third place vote.

Podcast run time 29:34.

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  1. Tom Zig says:

    I think you guys need a better intro jingle.

  2. Ross says:

    My reading comprehension sucks – what’s the crazy part of the last 24 hours?

  3. Jeff says:

    RAB should make a message board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Steve says:

    No Siree (about Scott Downs).

  5. Granderslam says:

    In regards to your Justin Upton scenario, Ed Price tweeted: “Official from another tm: For J.Upton, #Diamondbacks would need at least 1 or 2 major league-ready starting Ps and a replacement OF”

    • Kiersten says:

      Translation: Hughes, Joba, Gardner, Montero (+ others)

      To quote myself, “Pass.”

      • mbonzo says:

        Hughes is out of the question, and Towers should know that. Yankees have enough pitching rotation questions with Hughes on the roster, Towers knows they won’t give him up. Yankees farm system is so jam-packed full of catchers, this might be the best piece the Yankees can get for their surplus catchers, so you can’t write off trading Montero.

      • Mattchu12 says:

        This. A lot.

  6. mike says:

    My thoughts on Upton, can he hit in the AL? and is he defensively better than Gardner which is what he’ll cost you. I’d do Montero for Upton, but it might cost you Gardner/Montero/Laird for Upton.

    This show continues to rock, but the intro music is low and BTW, sound proof room guys, you can hear a police siren at 7:15 mark.

    • mbonzo says:

      Upton >>>>>>>>>>> Gardner

      If all it takes is Gardner, Montero, and Laird you do that trade in a second.

      • Granderslam says:

        They want pitching…have to include that too. It’s still worth it though.

        • mbonzo says:

          Yea, I’m sure they’ll want Montero, Gardner, Betances, and Banuellos. I’d love that trade if they could figure out a way to keep Montero and give maybe Sanchez and Laird in return but that’ll never happen.

      • Monteroisdinero says:

        not me. I have seen Montero several times. He is a rarity. Gardy prototypic leadoff hitter-the only one we have. We have enough power.

        • mbonzo says:

          Upton is a 5 tool player, he’s your lead-off hitter, your power, your defense, your pesky speed threat. Montero is definitely a “rarity” talent-wise, but he has yet to prove anything. Upton has already shown that he can produce to incredible levels in MLB and has higher upside. Upton is very close to a complete player, while Montero will always have athletic and defensive troubles. Gardner is coming off a great year, but he is most likely peaking at his high talent. I love Gardner but Upton is twice the player he is.

          • Monteroisdinero says:

            don’t forget the 6th tool. 152 K’s last year and rising every year. I’ll pass. A leadoff hitter that strikes out that much and steals half as much as Gardy is not such a great fit for OUR team. It is not always individual stats that matter. We have a lineup full of power guys who strikeout enough right now. Keep Montero and Gardy.

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