Re: Yankees to sign Tanaka
posted at 1/22/2014 4:08 PM EST
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I think this is going to be a great deal........for the Red Sox. The Yankees never learn. How many long term expensive deals have really worked out well for ANY team? How many have been flops? Baseball is littered with expensive FAs who have not lived up to their billing. Pujols. Arod. Hamilton. Texeira...just to name a few. I am sure others can come up with many more names. And this guy hasn't even thrown a single pitch to a US MLB batter yet! Dumb move by the Yankees, more than likely, and one born out of desperation. I admit I might be wrong about this, but I think this is a great day to be a Red Sox fan.
If the Yankees never learning earned them the best or second best record in the division every single year for 20 years except for two years... then what do they need to learn? That money can buy a good team... yes, yes it can. The last time they finished without being 1st or 2nd in the division was 2008 and they won a championship in 2009 after opening the wallet.
What they did learn is that the fans will not go to watch a team that stinks as evidenced by the lowest attendance since the 90s. I think any Red Sox fan that does not respect the Yankees close to unlimited payroll is a fool or is too young to have seen much of the past.
The game is changing. The way you successfully build contenders nowadays is not the same as it was back in the 90s and before. Even the Yankees do not have an unlimited budget. In the last 10 years the Sox have three rings; the Yankees have one. The Sox farm system is flush with many potentially very good prospects, especially pitchers; the Yankee farm system is near bankrupt, at least at the upper levels. The Sox shed the long term expensive contracts that were, by most accounts, mistakes; the Yankees keep taking on more of them. I am not underestimating any team, but when you look at which approach, which strategy has worked to put a team in good position to compete for a ring recently, it has not been the Yankees. They keep making the same mistakes over and over again.
The game has changed many times over in the past hundred years. The Yanks are the single most successful team in the past said hundred years in any professional sports. I think they have what never goes out of style... a close to unlimited bank account.
In the past 20 years, the Red Sox have had the best record in the division exactly three times. The Yanks have had the best record in the division 14 times.
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.
Fact is that this is still a business and in business, he who has the biggest checkbook has the biggest advantage... same rules work on a poker table as they do in business and sports.
The difference isn't the biggest wallet, it's comparing good business to bad.
Our first two championships were primarily assembled by previous management and only featured one player (Manny) who was signed long term and making 20mil a year so I give our FO a lot of credit. After 07 we got desperate for another championship but thankfully It took our FO only a year to figure out Theo's version of the Yankees wasn't the way to go.
We now have three WC's in the past decade while being set up to do the same moving forward. Some of our key veterans also take home town discounts because of the way our organization is run, not due to greed. Moving forward my guess is very few (if any) of our youngsters will ever make 20mil and signed for 7 years because there is usually someone to take their place within our organization when they become FA's.
That's the difference between good business and bad. Low risk, high payback on your investment.