YGY Radio Rewind: Winter Meetings Day 4


On this episode of the Yanks Go Yard Radio Show, brought to you by KNODA.com, I started off the episode by talking about some of the moves that happened on a busy final day of the Winter Meetings. Whether it was Matt Kemp being traded to the San Diego Padres, the Red Sox signing Justin Masterson and trading for Rick Porcello as the Tigers got Yoenis Cespedes. In addition, Detroit got Alfredo Simon to slide into their rotation and the Marlins traded for Mat Latos.

Despite all these moves, the Yankees left San Diego without making a single move. I gave my take on whether or not that is a good thing for the Bronx Bombers to not overpay for the likes of David Robertson and Brandon McCarthy. Plus, now with McCarthy gone and Ervin Santana signing with the Twins, does it increase the chances of New York signing a starter pitcher like Max Scherzer to improve their rotation.

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For our first segment, I spoke with Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors as we each gave our winners and “losers” of the Winter Meetings. Technically, there aren’t any losers at the Winter Meetings, but we each named teams that we thought would make a splash in San Diego, but underwhelmed. We also discussed the Yankees’ approach at the Winter Meetings and what their next plans might be for both a pitcher and their chances of re-signing Chase Headley at third base.

I took a look at two teams in specific, the Dodgers and the Tigers, on this show to evaluate their acquisitions at the Winter Meetings. For the Dodgers, I spoke with Scott Andes of Lasorda’s Lair to get his take on the team trading Matt Kemp to San Diego as well as picking up Jimmy Rollins and Howie Kendrick via trade to boost the infield. Plus, does the acquisition of McCarthy affect whether or not the team attempts to make a trade for Cole Hamels? Scott and I also discuss if Don Mattingly is on the hot seat and the impact Andrew Friedman is making now that he is in the Dodgers’ front office.

Then, I took a look at the Tigers’ offseason with the help of Josh Scramlin of Motor City Bengals. In addition to breaking down both of Detroit’s trades, we also discussed whether or not Detroit is truly out on Max Scherzer, the struggles of their bullpen that hasn’t been addressed this offseason and which team has made the best offseason moves in the AL Central? You won’t want to miss why Josh thinks Detroit will give big money to James Shields this winter and have both Shields and David Price on the same team like in their days with the Tampa Bay Rays.