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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  1. Hughesus Christo says:

    Reality potion comes with millions of dollars these days.

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

  3. Jerome S says:

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


  4. mbonzo says:

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

  5. mbonzo says:

    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.

  6. Plank says:

    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 says:

      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 says:

        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 says:

          .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 says:

            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 says:

      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 says:

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

  7. Max says:

    “…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 says:

      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)???

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