What is wrong with the New York Yankees farm system?
I will get right to the point.
As of today, the state of the Yankees farm system is actually irrelevant.
And here is why.
Fact is it does not house the talent to immediate help the team in 2013.
Too many of the top prospects took a step back last season due to injuries and promotions. Obviously this delays a prospects development, which also calls for re-evaluation across the board.
And do not kid yourself into thinking another ‘Core Four’ is developing because it is not and never will in our lifetime again.
If some of the prospects were ready now that would work because the current Yankees have plenty of veteran stars in the mix to balance things out. In the interim, the Yankees do not want to push these kids and don’t forget their incompetence in transitioning prospects to the major league roster.
After 2013, the team will lose a lot of players like Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda. But also guys like Curtis Granderson, and possibly Robinson Cano and Phil Hughes, who are all free agent eligible at the end of the season; and Brett Gardner is up in 2014. These guys will cost money, and the Yankees don’t want to spend any.
This translates into the Yankees relying on young talent with no experience, which is not going to win enough to make the playoffs.
Lets pretend that three great prospects arise from the Yankees farm system this season.
Would that make the farm system relevant?
Yes, if you want a higher ranking on ESPN’s Keith Law’s list, but otherwise it changes nothing.
Under Hal Steinbrenner’s new business model, where frugality rules and winning tales a back seat, any prospects with real Major League talent is as good as gone.
The Yankees will be forced to trade them to avoid having to pay up when they hit free agency.
Remember, Hal Steinbrenner told ESPN New York back in December, “I just feel that if you do well on the player development side and you have a good farm system, you don’t need a $220 million payroll. You can field every bit as good a team with young talent.”
Over paying players by handing out A-rod like contracts seems to be the league norm now, and the Yankees are not going to change that.
It is not secret that the Yankees generate a boatload of green from the YES Network and the team’s numerous other ventures. So no young star is going to accept, nor should they, anything less than top dollar to play or stay in the Bronx.
Not to mention that the Yankees are the most lucrative sports franchise in the entire country, and rank third in the world behind two soccer clubs.
So inevitably the Yankees will eventually have to spend serious dough no matter what if they want to compete.
And when the wealthiest owners act like killjoy, it doesn’t look good for the franchise or the sport either.
The bottom line is the Yankees farm system won’t really matter if ownership doesn’t want to spend the dough to help things along.
“For an outcome to be ’practically certain,’ it must be more than ’reasonably probable’ or ’likely,’ it must approach being inevitable,” – Judge Randa.