Re: ....and NOW the Yankees are SECOND at a game they invented as Sox slip to 4th!
posted at 3/27/2014 11:34 PM EDT
In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
Somebody should keep track of what happens with the draft picks the Yanks are giving up. I didn't realize it until somebody here pointed it out, but the pick the Angels received for the Yankees signing Teixeira was used to take Mike Trout.
Did someone request an arduous and meaningless task be done?
The list of lost picks lost by the Yankees and Red Sox through the years of signing free agents is not nearly as devastating as you might think.
Since 2000, here are the players taken with the forfeited picks. I am not including supplemental round picks, as the team did not lose them. And while it is probably worth noting that the Angels did get Tyler Skaggs as part of the compensation for losing Teixeira. But it’s not like the Yankees gave up a chance there.
2001 Mike Fontenot (Yankees), Dan Denham (Red Sox)
2002 Joe Blanton (Yankees), Nick Swisher (Red Sox)
2004 Blake DeWitt (Yankees), Landon Powell (Red Sox)
2005 Jacob Marceaux (Yankees), Colby Rasmus (Red Sox)
2006 Daniel Bard (Yankees)
2007 Chris Withrow (Red Sox)
2009 Mike Trout (Yankees)
2010 Cam Bedrosian (Red Sox)
2011 Mikie Mahtook (Yankees), Tyler Guerreri (Red Sox)
I’m pretty sure the Yankees and Red Sox have no regrets about giving a chance at Mike Fontenot and Dan Denham in order to sign Mike Mussina and Manny Ramirez.
For the most part, a lot of “meh.” What this list actually shows me is that the Red Sox sign their free agents away from better drafting teams. Really, if either team’s compensation picks went to better players, it looks like it might be the set lost by the Red Sox over the one lost by the Yankees. The only total busts on that list are Denham and Bedrosian (Yes, Steve’s son.) The obvious biggest loss is Trout, but really, after that, whose the second biggest on the Yankee list? Blanton? (One could argue losing out on Trout was clearly worse than the entire Sox list. Noted.)
Lists like this make me wonder why some teams value their draft picks so highly. A fair amount of these picks were made by the Rays (Mahtook, Guerreri) and A’s (Blanton, Swisher, Powell). These are two of the better drafting franchises in MLB and actually did a good job drafting their 5 picks (3 MLB players and one top prospect), but history has shown to date it still isn’t all that much. When you consider that 30% of all first round picks never play as much as one inning of MLB baseball anyway, the draft does appear to be one place teams could save signing bonus money by not having so many high picks.
And while we will never know if the Yankees or Sox would have taken any of these players, what we do know is that if either team did draft these players instead of signing a free agent, it would not have worked out as well in all cases, except Mike Trout and Colby Rasmus (comp for signing Edgar Renteria) and potentially Chris Withrow, although that could be taken as just as much of a statement about Lugo as it is about Withrow and his undetermined future. This also goes for Guerreri over Carl Crawford.
I’ll take Johnny Damon over Nick Swisher and not think twice, and I’m sure most Yankee fans were much happier with Jason Giambi than they would have been with Joe Blanton…