In the early days of July and before the trading frenzy began, I posted a column titled The Yankees Should Stand Pat. It argued that there was no reason to part with the young and promising talent in the farm system………for the sake of buying temporary talent (think David Price) or by adding a marquee name or two just to appease the fan base.
We all know how it played out. The Yankees did just that while Toronto’ s GM (left) “loaded up” adding Price as a rental and the oft injured Troy Tulowiski. We also know (now) that a 7.5 game lead by the Yankees is now extinguished and the Blue Jays hold a tenuous lead in the East.
But just yesterday, Hal Steinbrenner – the principal owner of the Yankees – offered a resounding defense of the Yankees decision to play for and with the future declaring “I didn’t want to give those kids up”. Yankee fans along with baseball fans know that statement is BIG. And almost simultaneously, a report comes out rating the Yankees #10 in all of baseball’s farm systems.
Recent call up Greg Bird goes 0 for 5 in his debut. Think that’ll continue?……….not so says Luis Severino (left) (another sparkling farm system call up)……….Severino simply says he’s “The best”. Soon to follow will be Aaron Judge, a power hitter made for Yankee Stadium, Gary Sanchez – a major league ready hitter and catcher who may have to wait for Brian McCann to decompose at a early age due to a physically demanding position as well as a log jam at DH that is further blurred by the arrival of Bird.
And so, for once the Yankees can truly be called a team of the future. Make no mistake about it though……..they will always have a marquee player or two- or three. They are the Yankees and they do play in New York. And when the time is right, you’ll see them actively engaged in the free agent and trade markets. So don’t be surprised if you see the likes of Bryce Harper, Matt Harvey, Mike Trout playing for this storied franchise in the future.
As for this year, (well) let’s just see how it plays out. I’ve said before…..the Yankees have a team with chemistry and proven experienced (though aging) talent while the Blue Jays have a buzz saw lineup. And down the stretch they come…….