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It's a special Thanksgiving episode as Jason and I take plenty of listener email and then talk about award voting and the intrigue of the Derek Jeter negotiations with the Yankees. Then we get prospect heavy with a discussion of the recently released Royals and Nationals Top 11s and a side argument on Strasburg vs. Harper. Then we stay Royals-heavy with special guest Rany Jazayerli on the future of the team and the rumors surrounding a potential Zack Greinke deal. Then, what's a holiday without family, so my mother makes a special return to discuss Thanksgiving while doling out advice on how to cook turkey to go with an extended discussion on Jason's social calendar. Then it's the usual with what we are drinking, more cooking, and Jason's mental state. Happy holidays everyone, and as always, we hope you enjoy.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language. Don't say we didn't warn you.

Up And In Episode 27: "If You Like Nice Crispy Skin"

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Table Of Contents

0:00 Intro, agenda review,

4:45 Housekeeping (Email Us! Join our Facebook group! Nominate us for an award!)

6:17 Communications

  • Baseball in Japan
  • More MVP Voting
  • Canadians vs. Texans
  • A request for more classical music
  • Looking for a job at the winter meetings

30:11 Award Voting Update – Are Cy Young and Most Valuable Pitcher the same?

35:36 Early moves on the off-season market and the Derek Jeter situation

47:41 Reviewing the Royals and Nationals Top 11

1:00:20 Harper vs. Strasburg: Who you got?

1:04:45 Special Guest #1: Rany Jazayerli on the Royals and what to do with Zack Greinke

  • Rany Jazayerli: What are you drinking?
  • Will the Royals trade Greinke this off-season?
  • Greinke's mental state: myth vs. reality
  • Playing with numbers: Percentage odds for a deal both now and in the future
  • Optimism for the future and trusting the process
  • Dayton Moore's ability (or inability) to screw this up

1:34:57 Special Guest #2: My Mom Judy with Thanksgiving tips, tricks and holiday lies

1:53:52 Not Jim Leyland on the Tigers early off-season moves

1:55:20 Musical Guest: Bear Claw

1:56:24 What Are You Drinking?

1:59:22 Cooking With The Professor: Thanksgiving Treats! (Not for Vegans)

2:08:25 Jason's mental state, wrapping up and a deal with the TSA

Music is by Bear Claw from the album "Refuse This Gift", copyright 2010, Sickroom Records.