(I)t’s worth noting how little success the organization has had developing starting pitchers during Brian Cashman’s tenure as general manager. In fact, since Cashman took over before the 1998 season, his system has succeeded in developing exactly one front of the rotation starter.
That would be Chien-Ming Wang, who gave the Bombers three and a half good seasons before tripping over second base in Houston in 2008. Granted, we know that the Yankees paid little attention to the farm system prior to 2005, but even with that said, teams don't actually develop quality starting pitchers that often, and it's even rarer to find ones that achieved at least some of their success with their original organization. Remember, as I've been saying for the past few weeks, most prospects fail.
- Fangraphs give us their take on the Steinbrenners' newly found thriftiness. There's really nothing new in this article, but I like their final point:
The Yankees have long been addicted to overspending, but cold turkey isn’t necessarily the best way to cure it.
- Here's the Yankees B-squad for next season. I like to call it the disaster squad, because if two of these guys are in the lineup with any degree of regularity, that's what the season will probably be.