The RAB Radio Show: November 30, 2010

Pitching options starting to come off the board
Source: Greinke says he 'likes New York'

We open the show with some talk about…the Rockies? They did make two moves yesterday that relate to the Yankees in some ways. First, they re-signed Jorge de la Rosa, whom I was firmly against from the get-go. Then they re-signed Troy Tulowitzki to a deal that runs through 2020. That certainly should remind us of Derek Jeter‘s deal.

In fact, as we discuss on the show, Jeter’s and Tulowitzki’s careers look somewhat similar at this point. Check out their WAR comparisons. It appears that Tulo just hasn’t hit Jeter’s peak yet. If he does in the next few years, it will make for an even more interesting comparison.

That then brings us to Eduardo Nunez, the nominative Plan B. We know Mike doesn’t think he’ll amount to anything. My question is, what do people see in him? He might be a decent stopgap — I’d rather him start in 2011 than Orlando freaking Cabrera — but the only thing I get from the Yankees saying he’s their Plan B is that they think that Plan A is fool-proof.

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Pitching options starting to come off the board
Source: Greinke says he 'likes New York'
  • Xstar7

    Is JJ Hardy really the best option out there besides Jeter?

  • Plank

    I couldn’t finish listening cause of audio issues. Unless you were doing the show with a swarm of bees in the room.

  • tomaconda

    While I am waiting to see Derek get #3000 if he were to bolt I dont think that Nunez would be a down grade. Hes certainly capable of playing better defensively and could easily best Dereks 710 ops with better speed. Plus he would be hitting at the bottom of the order and it would push Brett Grittner into the leadoff spot. Wont happen but wouldnt be the end of the world either.

    • Clay Bellinger

      It would definitely be a downgrade. Even in decline, we all know that Jeter is capable of an .800+ OPS. We can’t say the same for Nunez, even his minor league stats don’t exactly jump off the screen. Not to mention, he didn’t look all that great defensively last year either.

      • Monteroisdinero

        But Jeets is heading down and wants big money and Nunez is (hopefully) heading up and costs nothing, bats 9th, runs well and has a great arm. I don’t love the guy but we can win with him if all the other pieces fall into place. We have won one World Series in the last 10 years with the Captain.

        • Clay Bellinger

          You’d seriously feel comfortable heading into opening day with a scrub like Nunez as the starting SS?

          And in those 10 years that you speak of, Jeter’s squad has made the playoffs 9 times. What other SS can claim that? Also, which year did he personally cause them to fall short of a WS title?

          I understand the perspective that Nunez at SS wouldn’t be the end of the world, but the notion that they’re just as well off with him over Jeter is laughable.

          • Joe Pawlikowski

            “You’d seriously feel comfortable heading into opening day with a scrub like Nunez as the starting SS?”

            He has made this abundantly clear in every Jeter thread.

            • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

              As well as every non-Jeter thread.

              • Monteroisdinero

                But at least I am responding in kind and not improperly posting off topic this time. I will play by the rules. Just because someone uses the word scrub doesn’t make it so. With our payroll, Carl Crawford and Cliff Lee we can win even with TSJC at short.

                I love my Yankees guys-just want us to win. As far as Jeter jerseys, folks are still buying Mantle/Ruth/Gehrig jerseys. Big deal.

                • Clay Bellinger

                  Ok, so maybe the term “scrub” was a bit harsh, but at this stage he is not a starting SS and I wouldn’t expect him to even match, or come close to, the production of a 37 yr old Jeter.

                  Carl Crawford?

                  I want them to win as well, but the best way to do that in 2011 is with Jeter at SS and not Nunez. Obviously, the Yanks prefer him too. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have offered DJ the contracts that they did.

            • Clay Bellinger

              Haha. Sorry, I haven’t had the time to read through the comments as much lately…damn work is getting in the way!

              I just find the idea to be a little crazy.

          • FIPster Doofus

            Agreed. Jeter was still among the best offensive shortstops in the AL last season, and it’s fair to predict Nunez would be one of the worst in 2011 with regular playing time. Regardless of age, the dropoff from Jeter to him would be massive.

  • mike

    Nunez is probably the Spring Training option but he wont be the opening day option. Either way give Jeter a 6 year deal so he can break the all time hits record, he’s only 1,331 hits away

    • mbonzo

      He’d only need 222 hits a season to beat it in 6 years.

      • Monteroisdinero

        so not happening. Pete Rose retired at 45. Don’t do that to us Derek!

        • mbonzo

          If he gets 663 ABs every year he only needs to bat .334 for the next 6 years to get it done.

        • JGS

          Rose also had a 92 OPS+ for the last 7 years (and 884 hits) of his career. By the end, he was his own manager, putting himself in the lineup to the detriment of his team, so he could get his hits.

          Jeter will not be the all-time hits leader.

    • Clay Bellinger

      dude, that’s a lot of hits.

  • mbonzo

    Good show but the audio issues need to be fixed. Its really distracting.

    • Joe Pawlikowski

      Yeah, that appears to be a one-time thing. It didn’t show up yesterday, did it?

      • Plank

        This was the first time.

      • mbonzo

        Nope. This was the first time I noticed any audio problems.

  • Dax J.

    25 minutes? You guys had me spoiled with the 30+ mins runtime.

  • mbonzo

    Mariano is so greedy. I honestly can’t stand how he thinks he deserves to be the 5th highest paid pitcher in baseball at 41 years old. The Yankees should offer him $10 million, take it or leave it. If he wants more the Yankees have Eduardo Nunez to be the closer. The kids got a great arm. We’ve only won 1 world series in the last 10 years with Mo, lets give Nunez a shot.

    • Clay Bellinger

      hahaha, well said.

    • vin

      “If he wants more the Yankees have Eduardo Nunez to be the closer. The kids got a great arm. ”

      Umm… ever heard of a young man named Greg Golson? That kid’s got a CANNON.

    • Danny T

      hahahahahahahahahahahaha— funniest thing i have read all day

    • Monteroisdinero

      Funny but I’m all in on Mariano if Joba is the 9th inning alternative. No dropoff for Mo so far. I’d give Jeets the money if this was 2009. I also only like Nunez if we use the money for Crawford. That’s my plan.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Can’t we just sign Tulo in 3 years????????

        • Monteroisdinero

          Thought he is now locked up for 10 years.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Can’t we just sign Hanley in 3 years?????????