Re: Yankees to sign Tanaka
posted at 1/22/2014 11:16 PM EST
In response to pumpsie-green's comment:
The Yankees have 10 of the last 13 division titles in that time as well, so it's not like they have not been successful lately. Look, I'm not saying that the Yankees do not look like an aging team and I agree that the farm system is pretty weak there right now. What I am saying is that I have counted the Yankees out personally so many times in the past 20 years and they pulled some magic out of their wallet that I won't be so cocky.
Who is counting the Yankees out? What I am saying is that their strategy of paying big name FAs big bucks, starting with Arod and Tex, has put them deep in a hole. They are a desperate team right now, paying a guy who has never played in the US over $20M for seven years. Thats EXACTLY the kind of mistake they have made many times in the past and has lead them to be an aging team with a weak farm system, one that "has not been successful lately". With their bankbook they can buy some success in the near term but EVERY team has a limit. I look at the Rays and the Red Sox as teams that have learned how its done. If the Rays had half the Sox's resources they could easily have won a couple of rings in the last 10 years.
I am not counting the Yankees out, but I think they have made another colossal blunder by paying Tanaka that much money for that long; its a HUGE risk and it will likely make them a weaker team in the future, not a stronger one. And for right now, they are not in as good a shape as the Red Sox are.
What scares me most of all is wondering... what if they actually get how to run a team right? They almost did it when Joba and Hughes were coming through the system. Thank god they flamed out so they have no confidence in rookies anymore and traded the farm.
I'm not saying that the Yanks are in a good place right now, but that the checkbook has bailed them out from worse before. Tanaka is a very good pickup for a young stud starter no matter how overpaid. He is young and a building block for the future and is better than any Red Sox pitching prospect we have. When I say overpaid... Like holy @#VT overpaid... big risk, but could be a big payout.
CC has a past that says that he can be successful in the future. Reports are that he has lost a ton of weight and is pulling a John Lackey this offseason.
Here is his slimmed down look... I didn't even recognize him as he looks like a basketball player now. I'm not sure how that translates to a better fastball, but it didn't hurt Lackey. Those are the two biggest improvements that the Yanks can have and why I still respect them. The chances are certainly lower that they will dominate like they have in the past, but they will challenge for the division if Tanaka can be a solid 3 and CC comes back to his career norm so I respect them.