The RAB Radio Show: December 1, 2010


I don’t mean to scare you away, but: Derek Jeter. No, it’s nothing bad. Mike and I just acknowledge what’s been going around and how it differs from our expectations. I thought we’d have a few more figures exchanged before they settled on something, but all indications are that Jeter has finally drank the reality potion.

(No, I will never stop using that line.)

Want a quality way to fill out a bench? Check out the guys who aren’t tendered contracts. There are a few this time around, and Mike and I go through the pitchers and the bench guys who could help out. They’re long shots mostly, but on the right deal they can provide some punch. Or serviceability, at the very least.

Podcast run time 29:07

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  • Hughesus Christo

    Reality potion comes with millions of dollars these days.

    • Matt Imbrogno

      When I was a kid, reality potion only came with a NICKEL. And we were glad to take it!

  • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

    Thanks for all of these podcasts guys, you really do go out of your way to provide things like these to Yankees fans.

    • Joe Pawlikowski

      To quote TSJC:

      I give because I love.

  • Jerome S

    Are you serious about the beer thing? If so, I will gladly give you almost unreadably syrupy reviews.


    • Jake LaMotta’s Left Hook

      Yeah, if there is ever another RAB meetup, it needs to be in Canada, I’m legal there =P

      • Matt Imbrogno


        Most of us are semi-close…let’s all go to Heights and Lights in Stamford this weekend.

  • mbonzo

    Olsen has been in “confrontations” with Girardi and Mitre. That guys a total d-bag.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      who is olsen?

      • mbonzo
        • king of fruitless hypotheticals

          a) thanks.
          b) started 15 games, was in 2 more, and only had 81 innings? wt.?

          • Zack

            He missed 68 days with an inflammed shoulder

            • king of fruitless hypotheticals


              He averages five innings? Doesn’t that seem low?

              (i’m afraid to go check Phil Hughes now…)

              • Zack

                In 4 of his starts he pitched a combined 6.2 IP.
                In the other 11 he pitched 66.2 IP.

    • tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

      Olsen has been in “confrontations” with Girardi and Mitre. That guys a total d-bag.

      Maybe Arizona should sign him. (safe)

  • mbonzo

    Gardner is undergoing surgery on his right wrist. He’s expected to be ready for spring training. He originally injured it June 27th against the Dodgers when he was hit by a pitch.

    Aceves injured his left clavicle in a bike accident. He underwent surgery Tuesday, but he’s not expected to be ready for 4 months. I would hope he’s ready for April barring no setbacks.

  • Plank

    Hey Mike (or whoever wants to answer),

    Assuming Nunez plays back up infielder next year with average (or maybe slightly below average) fielding, what will he have to hit for you to admit he is better than you thought he was?

    • mbonzo

      I honestly don’t think he’ll be a backup infielder. His numbers were progressing in the minors and it looks like the front office wants to make him trade-bait. They’ll probably leave him in AAA for another season. If they make him a utility infielder, I would want him to post something close to either Gardner’s 2010 or Cano’s 2005. He’s got to improve on either his power or his walks. I’d also like to see his arm improve in accuracy.

      Either .270/.360/.390
      Or .290/.320/.450

      Neither of which will happen.

      • Plank

        a .750 OPS?!? There were 6 SS in the MLB last year who hit that (plus 2 at .749) in 150 AB or more.

        Jeter didn’t even hit close to that.

        • mbonzo

          .750 isn’t even that high. Shortstops had a horrible offensive year. He’d have to post a mid .700 OPS for a couple of years in the majors before I’d consider him a decent hitter.

          • Plank

            MLB avg OPS for SS last year was .693

            So you are saying if he is anything below the production of solid regular near all-star caliber player (which is what .750 is,) you won’t be happy with that? I don’t think you are weighting how much offense is down throughout the majors last year, the past few years, and probably for the next few years.

    • Zack

      If he’s the primary back up he’s going to have ~150 ABs; his performance in that sample size isn’t going to make someone admit Nunez is better than he thought.

    • Mike Axisa

      He wouldn’t be able to do that in one year, not as a backup. Too small a sample.

  • Max

    “…but all indications are that Jeter has finally drank the reality potion.”

    BS. Jeter’s camp won. The Yankees didn’t have to budge even the slightest bit– it seems like they will have substantially upped their first offer when all is said and done.

    If it’s 3/$51m with a $6m buyout, then it works out to 3/$57. There’s a very real difference between 3/45 and 3/57.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      we’ll never know.

      What if Ninja Elf really was willing to go 4/84, and instead closes the deal for 3/57? who could claim that isnt a ginormous win (non caseyclose division)???

      • Max

        Are you saying that if Cashman were willing to go 5/125 but settled on 4/84 the Yanks would come out as the winners??