The RAB Radio Show: November 17, 2010

Gardenhire, Black take home Manager of the Year honors
Where were the league's best pitchers at age 24?

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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Gardenhire, Black take home Manager of the Year honors
Where were the league's best pitchers at age 24?
  • Tom Zig

    I think you guys need a better intro jingle.

    • Dax J.

      Nah, Mike and Joe need a hypeman. Call up Flavor Flav or Lil Jon. It’s like the song’s really hyper, but Joe’s voice sounds conservative.

      • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook


        Do it like Lonely Island’s “I’m on a Boat”. Have Mike and Joe sing “This is RAB radio showww!” and T-Pain could do the backup vocals and say “R-A-B radiooooo!”

        • Dax J.


    • Joe Pawlikowski

      Mike and I are both punk/hardcore guys, and this was the best of what was freely available. I’ll probably end up doing up something of my own soon enough.

      • Thomas

        Do the T-Rox theme song!

        • Joe Pawlikowski

          Wow. T-Rox. I never thought…

  • Ross

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

    • Steve

      That we are still alive.

  • Jeff

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

    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      No, that’s what these comments are all for. There is no need for a message board.

  • Steve

    No Siree (about Scott Downs).

  • Granderslam

    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

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

      To quote myself, “Pass.”

      • mbonzo

        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

        This. A lot.

  • mike

    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

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

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

      • Granderslam

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

        • mbonzo

          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

        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

          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

            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.

            • Thomas

              Actually, K’s is the lack of one of the five tool contact and Upton’s K% hasn’t risen every year.

              34.0% 2008
              26.0% 2009
              30.7% 2010

              • Monteroisdinero

                Ok-how about 20 gdp’s-downright Jeterian!

                • bexarama

                  Trying to argue that Upton isn’t good is a silly way of going about this. He is awesome.

                  • larryf

                    I’m not. He is good but he won’t get us to a world series victory if we have to have Posada/Cervelli catching and give up a few more players beyond Gardy. We need pitching!!!!