The RAB Radio Show: February 10, 2012

RAB Live Chat
Odd transactions abounded in the 80s

We’re back after a week off, running down the latest happenings.

  • Could Burnett be a goner? Mike and I talk about the possibilities and wisdom of trading A.J. Burnett.
  • The DH situation. The Yankees made some progress here, signing a few players to minor league contracts. But it appears that they have at least one more signing on their radar.
  • Retro roundup. Mike and I reflect on the memories we wrote about during retro week.

Podcast run time 42:00

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Intro music: “Die Hard” courtesy of reader Alex Kresovich. Thanks to Tyler Wilkinson for the graphic.

RAB Live Chat
Odd transactions abounded in the 80s
  • Ethan

    I’m a 1991 baby. The first WS win I can remember was ’98 when the Yanks swept the Padres. I didn’t really start to follow the Yankees hardcore until around 2005 or 2006.

  • Yardisiak

    The point these guys miss on this episode is the additional roster flexibility gained by trading Burnett. His absence allows flexibility with the last roster spot and creates some potential opportunity for the pitchers in AAA. You can’t look at the trade in simple value vs. dollars, you also need to look at how replaceable he is and what long term assets you are potentially not developing because of his presence.

  • CW

    I don’t remember free agent compensation as ever being anything other than draft picks.

    • Joe Pawlikowski

      Neither do I. But that’s definitely how they did it. The Yanks lost Tim Belcher that way.

      • CW.

        Interesting. Any idea what player the Yankees signed off the A’s that required them to give up Belcher? Also, what player did they give up for signing Dave Winfield? Jack Clark?

  • CW.

    Never mind, I figured it out. Belcher was such a ridiculous case that I guess they changed the compensation deal.

    • CW.

      Belcher and others like Tom Henke, and inversely, Angel Salazar.Weird how you wouldn’t necessarily get the player from the team who signed your free agent.