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Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan with D&C

Apr 1, 2013|

Yahoo sports national baseball columnist joined D&C to preview the baseball season. Jeff told the boys that this was a season of reckoning for the New York Yankees. He added that he thought the Shane Victorino signing was among the worst of the off-season.

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Our project passes league baseball columnist Yahoo! Sports co author of death of the BCS the definitive case against the bowl championship series. As a graduate what of Syracuse I guess you probably have them winning it all your bracket right Jeff. -- it and go about my round of 32. I didn't know. -- have confidence in the -- you get the wheels locked up by George built dice. Of course they're not my guys to go -- and you know I've. -- would have -- is our relationship with Syracuse because they're sports information department treated me like crap in college so once the people who -- matter are actually like I can root for -- -- Until then until then they're just they're just kind. They treated you like crap all the videotape you while you were changing which wasn't. Broke up into. That is to -- if you ever gets an accurate statement to say. It's more likely the Yankees and Red Sox will finish last and next to last then first and second. Oh yeah definitely yeah absolutely amazing about him I happened I haven't finishing fourth and whose fourth of who's there. I have yankees portrait success in both of them marketed the terrible in the united have 69 when Red Sox seem like last year that. Absolutely correct that's correct 500 this year I think at the Yankee at 500 on the -- But I could absolutely see those two flip flopping. And it's just it's going to be you'll leave your years and it's going to be backwards year and you see it more and more important guys getting bought out -- free agent. Their free agent years before they hit the market so -- Lander. -- see in a blockbuster. -- You know with all the Sanders in the -- in it again and again and again. And -- of the guys who yankees and red sex in the past used to fortified their teams right -- and now that there's no the you know now that the reinforcements out on the market I mean look like chuck Sharpton. Probably the best free agent pitcher this year and if either of these teams that and it looks like both of them could have starting pitching issues. They're gonna have to get it from within as opposed Korea are. Just given the age of the Yankees the injuries to the Yankees. The contract with the Yankees and blocking A-Rod Teixeira Pettit Rivera all of that the case -- the Red Sox going forward with some youth sort of you know coming into the system now Jackie Bradley junior Bogart's in some other might be more while the crypt attempted to right the ship in the next year two in the Yankees might be. Unquestionably. And the Yankees have some prospect. Now. Tyler Austin. And makes Williams are gonna -- two outfielders to. Should get shots jobs in the next year Q Gary Sanchez. A young catcher 121 now who -- Pushed aggressively through the system and has responded really well at all stops that there's not a whole lot of pitching in the system. That the Red Sox on the other hand have an impact players Bogart one of the best prospects in baseball I think. Bradley has been. Oversold that frankly is a super superstar win that the talent is. Just not quite there for that but it is going to be -- really do it everyday player I just hope he doesn't fall victim to the that the media types that can. In -- on tape player in Boston and New York when your rights to great fanfare and behavior Jackie Bradley not the savior everyone needs to get that. Jackie Bradley is not the savior he's not going to in this team. From 75 win team in 85 and it may be a solid players for -- I think he's going to be a good player directors I've. Mainly because of the defense and -- the bat not collided on fire. He nodded and force seventeen in the season about Teddy ballgame to a point now you have it. Or or or not seeing the emergence of these superstar here we're seeing a team that have some injuries and the only reason that the kids here is because he'd be very. Now I'll probably go very well and I have to -- penalties up to speed. That the difference so it is. Bradley may be able to stay healthy right couldn't -- in the zone and there's a lot of value and staying healthy so. If he can stay healthy. And play at nine -- personnel area I take a you know hundred regular 5560. Unions. -- 90% of felt very rather than what you can potentially get from Salisbury. But don't because Turkey. What did you think of the off season moves well overall from Boston. Jeff Victor -- Napoli Gomes. Dempster and Hanrahan. Big picture did you like the moves it to look like little. Little bandits on on a broken leg. More of the latter from the former you know I there is frankly it was pretty neutral. I like Napoli. I actually didn't mind Napoli at the original contract of course we did know the injury without. What apple what Napoli and the I think is is -- who is the sort of thing that -- about the overpaid ago was giving two years ago I used. You know barely had Major League contract in the past -- -- -- victory you know losers. Arguably the worst free agent deal -- offseason. That's -- you know I like chain victory like what he brings to the club with the production just does not commensurate with the dollars -- And grants. It you know -- look they have enough relievers were they could have gone. Whether Andrew Bailey where two dollar whoever it is they could've gotten. A closer from within but I don't know that they gave awful lot that -- so. You know better of that magnitude matters Dempster. It. Ultimately see what Kyle. From the Milwaukee would with super route being patient and wait it out of course -- could see. That happened. Dancer thirteen million that's only two year commitment. So I don't mind that too much but. By and large I don't think that the Bruins make it in contender this year now that they they were. Intended is sort of hide them over until these kids came or -- instantaneously turned around the latter then I don't think it's worked. Well I think it's a little bubble that trying to do bowl I mean obviously it's rebuilding year bridge you that you bring Hanrahan now one year deal. And he'll probably leave so I don't know I guess to Toronto and -- win enough we enough to keep people interested. Well while developing the young guys and Jeff I'm looking at that opening day payrolls right now I think USA today hasn't today. Yankees 228. Point eight million. Far and away number one and I got the roster here too and they got Vernon Wells. -- in fifth today they probably will have Lyle Overbay starting at first on Wednesday. Are they a bigger mess than the Red Sox and how do you see it. Planned out with with Jeter almost 39 with -- with Rivera 43 pennant forty. Mean is it going to be just plug one injury after another and they gonna play be trying to patch together all year. Yeah I mean. Look this is like the reckoning for the Yankees -- we have seen it coming wore a long time now and the hope in New York was that they were going to be developed enough prospects to deal it's. That hasn't happened. And because. They don't have the reinforcement. From them. And because as the free agent market is changing these days in. So many guys know that the money you can get. For signing long term deal in -- in which your club. It's what 8090%. Of what you might get out on the market but guaranteed because there -- now with someone with whom are familiar. Because of those changing dynamics. It affects the way that the Yankees to distance and I know they're trying to get under 189 for next year but it's all well and good but it. -- it's it's going to be -- it was weird looking Yankee team went in. All of these court guys are gone in -- last year and probably pick and o's history. And Robinson can no leaves as the Nazis. Then there's the core of your team. Let go over the only guy on long term contracts that are mark -- first base. Alex Rodriguez at third base. CC sabathia -- starting pitcher. And is that can -- Boras guy. -- know it before now he's appropriate. Earlier the broadcast Jeff we were discussing the state of the Red Sox a year ago. And we were talking about the fact that Bobby had already you know cluster grenade in the clubhouse and things were going badly you have a theory do you have a theory your mind. Generally speaking not Bobby Valentine but generally -- -- most managers how many wins or losses a manager's responsible for -- -- 162 games scheduled. And numerous ample. We're very two or three maybe and and could did not make the case. But let's let let's put it -- with what this place I think command of really good manager kids we knew. Three or four game hot and I think really practical really bad manager can you kept. And I think in our our play was Bobby was worse than that there was such a toxic. Nature of that clubhouse and everybody was going you know in 25 different directions that it might have been more than 25 game because ultimately they quit on the guy. Yeah yeah I mean. All you want from your manager is stability. To me that's the thing a manager in Major League Baseball somebody who's just there. And able to like you have your special guys like Joseph Maddon who recognizes it is pretty unique. In mapped I think that what he does -- Culture. -- to -- culture of the Tampa Bay Rays is. -- Just additional I mean he he brings different things -- that clubhouse announcers say that. Because they're winning with him he was doing this long before. In the year -- -- but. You know the year before I think they've won 66 games before they broke out easy it is just different type of guy. Bad manager on the other hand almost that -- bought peaceful when you're a bad boss you don't wanna go to war when you don't wanna go to work you have to go to work. -- bad attitude about it. Now do as much you can be as productive but as pride on the line is money on the line -- get all those things but. About the toxicity last year lose venomous and it was. If -- disastrous situation like he said. From the beginning of the year got a better only got worse. But a question for B Jeff which member of this Boston Red Sox team holds in their hand. The overall fate of this team no I know one guy can't do that by himself. But it was most important have a great year to help the Red Sox would be more than 500 is it -- Ellsbury a middle Brooks Pedroia up. Ortiz Hanrahan a Leicester or somebody else. You know I think probably -- very. Just because when he felt -- we've seen how good he can be and how good this offense to I was gonna -- the tour but I think Pedroia is always steady. Pretty steady or at least -- exactly it. I don't think middle Brooks has the ability QB superstar I think he's just to be very good everyday third baseman -- -- felt very can be one of the ten best players in the American League when he's healthy and -- and he's got free agency -- -- -- the benevolent dictator he's gonna get a hundred million plus dollars to play as well this year. He's our friendship passive in the league baseball columnist Yahoo! Sports always appreciate talk in baseball would -- -- enjoy your day we'll talk to down the road. My arm -- jet pass in the Dennis and Callahan on the AT&T hotline AT&T forgy LT.

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