News came out yesterday that the Yankees are offering CC Sabathia $137.5M over six years to play for them next year. And I thought to myself, "not again..."
The list goes on for pages. The Yankees are built around buying veteran free agents and selling their farm system (they just sent 3 away for Nick Swisher, who is past his prime). You would think that the Yankees would realize that maybe, just maybe, their plan is not working to perfection. No World Series title in 8 years with the same plan...maybe its time to mix it up a little bit.
Look around, Steinbrenners! If you turned on the television set during October (which I would not be surprised if you didnt do), you would see that the Tampa Bay Rays were in the World Series. Who are the overpayed veterans on that team? Oh, thats right, there are none! They are built around a core of young talent (with a few veterans sprinkled in), and it has payed great dividends. No starting pitcher is over 27 on that team, and look where it got them! But you are still paying veterans to come in and have mediocre seasons for an absurd amount of money. Leave it to the Yankees to dish out the richest pitcher contract in MLB history in the worst economic crisis in 80 years.
So, Steinbrenners, I think its time you learned your lesson. Giving rich contracts to a bunch of stars doesnt equal a championship (see Rodriguez, Alex). Its time to start building up through the farm system if you want to have any success!
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