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Whats their rotation look like?
CC - aging and coming off a bad year
Nova - inconsistent
Pineda - always hurt
Phelps - who?
Warren - who?
no closer - no more Mo
Sorry guys, but unless they get a couple solid starters and a true closer its all for nothing. they might have a better lineup with Ells, but their rotation and bullpen are very questionable. Im sure they arent done yet, but will need much better pitching than what they currently have.
pitching wins championships as we saw this year and in years past.
They can have Ellsbury for 22M per.
Again agree 100%. Yankee Stadium = RS CF grave yard. Its where 30+ RS CF's go to die. Very wealthy CF's I might add. But your point on the pitching is right on point. That staff w/ Jeter @ SS and who knows @ 3B is a big problem and unless they can somehow pry a David Price from Rays, which they don't have the prospects to do, and never will if they continue to make these crazy signings, they probably won't make the playoffs. Not to mention they still need bullpen help. Its almost like roles have reversed. The RS used to be the team w/ the great lineup that scored all the runs, but never had enough pitching, while the Yanks always had and surplus of good pitching and the WS trophy's to go with it. IMO RS will win another WS title long before Yanks do!
They lose their 1 st and 2nd round, but I believe have comp picks. If they dont sign both Tanaka and Kuroda and a closer, they will have to trade for one. Thats fine, I know they will throw stupid money at players. If they can win one by spending another half billion, they will and never regret all those deals in a few years because they have endless funds.
This is why I cant stand all the "The Sox have money like NYY" BS. yes they do have money, but not NYY money where they can afford to throw away 22M and a NTC at a guy like Ells, 30M per at arod, 22M at tex 23M at CC probably 28M at cano, all for 7+ years. Oh, and 17M for McCann for 5yrs (6th option)...Thats 142M for 6 players. No team can do that, not even the Sox, nor should they. Arod might have 2014 off, but he will be back in 2015 and they almost HAVE to sign Cano now.
But heres the funny thing...You dont have to do that to win a WSC. You have to spend some $$, but not be an idiot about it. NYY will always be in "win now" mode and will always have a bare farm system because of how they do things. Sorry, thats just not a smart way to run an organization IMHO. That is, unless you have unlimited funds.... Well, This should at least liven the rivalry up some. Cant wait to stick it to the NYY next year.
Spending big $ on FA's only wins 1 thing = The offseason. Winning WS Championships is not about signing FA's. Only 1 team in the recent past won a WS title by spending for FA's and that was the 08 Yanks. But remember the core of that team was the homegrown guys. From that point Yanks have grown old and crusty, this was a desperation move by Yanks. RS fans knew Ells wasn't coming back, but are more upset that he's in the Bronx. Instead of taking RS players Yanks should take note of how the RS have won 3 WS's in past 10 yrs. Spend wisely, develope players from within. Look RS have said goodbye to fan favorites Pedro / Damon / and now Ellsbury but RS will continue to win WS because when Damon left they plugged in Ells, and now w/ Ells gone they will count on JBJ to do the job. This is how you win in MLB. Cards said goodbye to Albert Pujols [when many thought he was the best player in baseball] the player they got w/ compensation pick = Michael Wacha, and have been to 2 of the 3 WS's since his departure. RS and Cards know what they are doing. Yanks are a desperate team, like I said before mark my words B.Cash will not be around to see the end of Ells deal. G.Michael built the Yank Dynasty from the draft which Cash inherited, and is trying desperately to continue by spending foolishly.