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(ESPN)   Problem: You're the richest team in baseball, but your farm system sucks. Solution: Just buy a new one   (espn.go.com) divider line 18
    More: Obvious, farm system, Gary Sanchez Productions, baseball, Jesus Montero, Michael Pineda, Francisco Cervelli, Robinson Cano, Major League Baseball Players Association  
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2014-02-08 12:17:52 AM  
The Dodgers bought a new farm system?

/not that the Yankees are poor, of course
 
2014-02-08 01:59:47 AM  
I thought the Yankee farm team was the Padres....
 
2014-02-08 02:29:02 AM  

Bonzo_1116: I thought the Yankee farm team was the Padres....


Dammit, beat me to it.

/carry on
 
2014-02-08 08:07:29 AM  
What, too cheap to hire Kevin Costner and wait for him to start hearing voices?
 
2014-02-08 09:27:29 AM  
You  had the best farm system in the majors in the early 90s, but then you let Steinbrenner ruin it again.
 
2014-02-08 09:37:48 AM  
Unlike the amateur draft, in which a team like the Yankees is often victimized by its own success with a series of low draft picks...

No early draft picks isn't from being successful. It's more just giving away compensation picks every time they sign a guy who just had a career year to a half billion dollar deal. Forfeited a first rounder for McCann, second and third rounder for Ellsbury.
 
2014-02-08 10:04:22 AM  
It's the same strategy the Rangers used last year.  Overspend on the international class in one year to get a lot of talent, pay the penalties because honestly, if you get one of these players to hit, you've earned all your money back, and you're limited in your spending the subsequent year.

So now, the Rangers are scouting the 2015 international class since they have only $250k per player to spend this year.
 
2014-02-08 10:15:00 AM  

Minarets: It's the same strategy the Rangers used last year.  Overspend on the international class in one year to get a lot of talent, pay the penalties because honestly, if you get one of these players to hit, you've earned all your money back, and you're limited in your spending the subsequent year.

So now, the Rangers are scouting the 2015 international class since they have only $250k per player to spend this year.


No, this is a thread where you're just supposed to pile on the Yankees not make a salient point about the international market rules
 
2014-02-08 10:42:47 AM  

Bonzo_1116: I thought the Yankee farm team was the Padres Indians....


Oh, a Yankees thread. Carry on then.

/In before whiners complaining about the Yanks' being painted as the "best team money can buy"
 
2014-02-08 10:54:21 AM  

phamwaa: /In before whiners complaining about the Yanks' being painted as the "best team money can buy"


The notion is really overblown.
Since the spendgasm began in 2002, the Yankees have exactly one title to show for it (admittedly after their biggest offseason spending spree, so they effectively DID buy 2009) while three other teams during that timeframe have 7 titles between them.
 
2014-02-08 11:09:45 AM  

Bonzo_1116: I thought the Yankee farm team was the Padres....


And the Brewers, and the Red Sox, and the entire nation of Japan...
 
2014-02-08 11:27:20 AM  

The Bestest: phamwaa: /In before whiners complaining about the Yanks' being painted as the "best team money can buy"

The notion is really overblown.
Since the spendgasm began in 2002, the Yankees have exactly one title to show for it (admittedly after their biggest offseason spending spree, so they effectively DID buy 2009) while three other teams during that timeframe have 7 titles between them.


As their crosstown rivals have proven repeatedly for the past 27 years or so, buying a championsip team in theory does not equate to buying a championship.
 
2014-02-08 12:32:47 PM  

phamwaa: Bonzo_1116: I thought the Yankee farm team was the Padres Indians....

Oh, a Yankees thread. Carry on then.

/In before whiners complaining about the Yanks' being painted as the "best team money can buy"



At least it's not another Richard Sherman jerk-off thread.
 
2014-02-08 12:57:11 PM  
You can just buy all your free agents any time... why do you even NEED a farm system?
 
2014-02-08 02:04:07 PM  

Minarets: It's the same strategy the Rangers used last year.  Overspend on the international class in one year to get a lot of talent, pay the penalties because honestly, if you get one of these players to hit, you've earned all your money back, and you're limited in your spending the subsequent year.

So now, the Rangers are scouting the 2015 international class since they have only $250k per player to spend this year.


The Cubs did this but managed to stay under the limit since many of the trades they made last year gave them more money to sign international players.

/they made a trade with Houston that gave them gobs of international cash
//on second look, the Cubs are over the limit, but were able to sign 3 or 4 of the top prospects
///you gotta exploit the loopholes in the system to get competitive; thank god Theo seems to understand this
 
2014-02-08 02:26:46 PM  

germ78: thank god Theo seems to understand this


he gamed the rules all the time with the Red Sox.. heck, I think the rule adjustments were made because of -him-
 
2014-02-08 07:00:32 PM  
It's a smart move, GM-wise to do this. Although it's kind of evil when you think about it.

MLB: Okay guys, we don't want you spending more than X on International Free Agents. We'll increase your allotment if you're bad, and allow you to trade pool money to increase your allotment.

Yankees: So what happens if we spend more than X?

MLB: Well, we have this series of harsh penalties which will hurt financially and prevent you from signing anyone good in the next year

Yankees: So, I can just spend however much I want every other year?

MLB: No, you'll be incurring harsh...

Yankees: AWESOME! LET'S BRING THOSE BRINKS TRUCKS OUT TO THE CARIBBEAN! WE'RE MAKING IT RAIN ON THOSE 16 YEAR OLD LATIN BOYS! TIME TO RE-LOAD THE FARM SYSTEM!

/They do this, and it will almost certainly be addressed in the next CBA
//Also, the Latin market produces some good talent, but it's really a crapshoot. Most of the guys that command the most money, historically, are outright busts. While the Canos, Alomars and Riveras sign for almost nothing.
///So this won't help them as much as Yankee fans want
 
2014-02-09 01:29:48 AM  
Typically the teams that have been making the post season reliably for the last decade or more have shiat farm teams because minor leaguers and thier agents know the reliable post season making team is more likely to hire a free agent than to bring up a minor leaguer.
 
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