The RAB Radio Show: January 12, 2011


The Rays signed a reliever familiar to the Yankees. Kyle Farnsworth will now pitch out of their bullpen, which has caused varying reactions from the Yankees fanbase. Mike and I revisit the career of Farnsworth.

But we don’t stop there. Then it’s onto what this signing means for the rest of the relief market. Do the Rays know something about Grant Balfour that the rest of us don’t? He clearly has no leverage, since there aren’t many teams that are going to pony up a draft pick for him. So why did the Rays sign Farnsworth, rather than wait it out with Balfour?

Also: what’s the difference between Rafael Soriano now and Kyle Farnsworth in 2006? There is certainly a performance gap, but it might not be as large as you imagine.

Podcast run time 29:59

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  1. mbonzo says:

    Farnsworth was one of the few Yankees players I actually hated. One game I went to, I sat in front of the left field bleachers in the old stadium, so we were right on top of the bullpen. When Farnsworth started warming up, the whole section erupted into boos. I feel bad for him, but he was awful awful awful with the Yankees.

    In other news, I’ve been wondering if the Yankees will be players for Pujols if he doesn’t get an extension. No doubt they’ll be involved, at least to drive the price up, but I could see him replace Arod at 3B or Swisher in RF. I’d prefer the Yankees stay away from another longterm contract for a hitter, but Pujols might be an exception.

  2. Monteroisdinero says:

    I remember Girardi being tearful when “Farnsy” was traded.

    Get over it Joe!

  3. bexarama says:

    Flat out, fuck Kyle Farnsworth.

    (sorry, Hannah.)

  4. JGS says:

    I was at that Giambi walkoff off Ryan. It was in June 2008, and it ties into the podcast theme pretty nicely.

    It was 7-6 Toronto going into the ninth, and it was already a tremendously long ballgame, and they brought in Farnsworth to pitch the ninth. Farnsworth immediately gave up a run and had second and third no one out, then he bore down and got out of it. Then BJ Ryan immediately got two outs before clutch-Rod and Matsui singled and Giambi sent everyone home. I had to argue with my folks to stay there once the 8th Toronto run scored, but I’m glad I won that one.

  5. Big Apple says:

    others have said it, but it’s worth repeating…Farnsie was friggin’ terrible. Of all the boob pitchers the yanks signed from 2001-2008, he was one of the worst…he, igawa, pavano, and jaret wright can all go to hell

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