YGY Radio Show Rewind: Brendan Kuty Interview/Red Sox Discussion
By Ricky Keeler
On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show, brought to you by KNODA.com, I started off the show by talking about the big news of the day for the Yankees on Thursday. That was when the New York Yankees decided who they would protect from the Rule Five Draft that will take place on the final day of the Winter Meetings. New York elected to protect pitchers Branden Pinder and Danny Burawa and outfielders Mason Williams and Tyler Austin by placing them on the 40-man roster. Zealous Wheeler had his rights sold to the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan on Thursday as well.
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To start off the show, I talked with Jason Evans, the co-editor here at Yanks Go Yard as well as Friars On Base. During this conversation, we talked about the decision the Yankees made to not protect first baseman Kyle Roller from the Rule V Draft, the conflicting reports that New York is interested in Max Scherzer, the Billy Butler and Russell Martin signings, and our reactions to the 13-year, $325 million contract that was signed by Miami Marlins’ superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
After that, I was joined by Sean Sylver, co-editor at BoSox Injection and host on 98.5 The Sports Hub in New England to get his thoughts on the latest rumors surrounding the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox have been linked to Giants’ third baseman and three-time World Series champ Pablo Sandoval as well as giving a contract offer to their former ace, Jon Lester. Sean and I discussed the likelihood of Boston getting Sandoval and Lester as well as the team’s potential interest in Cole Hamels. Plus, are the Red Sox thinking about making these moves because they have finished last in the AL East each of the last two seasons.
Our final guest, but certainly not least, was Brendan Kuty, who covers the Yankees for NJ Advance Media and the Star Ledger. Brendan was live in Times Square as general manager Brian Cashman was taking part in the Covenant’s House “Sleep Out” Movement that supports homeless children. Cashman spoke to the media on a number of topics, including an update on the Yankees’ search for a new hitting coach:
In addition to Brendan’s update on Cashman’s comments, here are some of the topics that we discussed during the interview:
- The Yankees’ interest in Scherzer and if he is the pitcher that New York needs to spend the big money on.
- Why Brendan would keep Brandon McCarthy if he could only choose one out of McCarthy, Headley, and David Robertson
- His thoughts on Robertson: Could he get four years and “Papelbon money” on the open market?
- How should the Yankees’ approach their vacant shortstop position this winter?
- Why Brendan would overpay Stephen Drew to be the shortstop on a one-year deal
- Should fans be concerned that the Yankees have not hired a new hitting coach?
- Was he surprised about New York’s decisions on the players they protected for the 40-man roster?