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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  • mbonzo

    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.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Pujols hasn’t played a position other than first (regularly) since 2003, and he has a bad throwing elbow. He’s a first baseman.

    • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

      who’s not going to be a player for Pujols?

      That said, while I do agree in the Yanks getting involved, we already have a healthy first-baseman who is both an elite hitter and defender (though by no means on a Pujolsian level). But The cost/benefit ratio just wouldn’t work out. I see him going to a largish-market team who’s 1B isn’t as good as ours.

      • http://danielslifka.wordpress.com Jerome S.

        That said, he will remain a Cardinal.

        • mbonzo

          I hope he does.

        • Monteroisdinero

          Big deal. We have a Pujolsian bat coming up and it is dinero baby!!!!

          • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

            flat-out, LOL @ calling Montero a Pujolsian bat before he has one major league at bat.

            • The Real JobaWockeeZ

              You can’t call someone out for showing an excessive amount of love towards one player with the whole Pettitte thing.

              • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

                I think I’ve always been fair about Pettitte. If I was running around screaming about how he was an inner-circle HOFer and the best pitcher ever, then you’d have a point.

  • Monteroisdinero

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

    Get over it Joe!

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      wasn’t Farnsworth himself crying

      • Monteroisdinero

        couldn’t tell through the glasses

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Flat out, fuck Kyle Farnsworth.

    (sorry, Hannah.)

  • http://www.twitter.com/jordansmed JGS

    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.

  • Big Apple

    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