Via Joel Sherman today –
By now you know the Yankees’ age and injuries have been blamed for everything short of global warming, and the Yankees are feeling the stings of a roster overly dependent on 30- and 40-somethings.
But what is hard to ignore when the Yankees are playing, say, the Orioles, is the disparity in 20-something excellence. Here is Baltimore with Chris Davis, Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, Nick Markakis, etc., and here are the Yankees with, well, Brett Gardner, who turns 30 next month, and David Robertson.
In fact, it is arguable that the Yankees have less 20-something talent than any AL East team. Which bodes poorly over a long season in a sport with stricter drug testing. But also — more importantly — it bodes poorly for the near future.
Some of this is about not drafting high enough over the last two decades to get a shot at players such as Machado and Wieters. But some of this is about not drafting well, overevaluation, underperformance, injury and other factors.
This has left the Yankees without a position prospect of merit at Triple-A at this moment of lineup crisis for the big team while pitching hopefuls such as Dellin Betances, Brett Marshall and Mark Montgomery have regressed. For a team looking to get younger and cheaper — with an eye on dropping under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold next year — that will be nearly impossible without major contributions from the system.
Think Brian Cashman will tell Joel to shut the bleep up?