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Bomber Links: Accepting the Prospecting Hat

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Like it or not, the New York Yankees, with GM Brian Cashman at the head, have given many signs of a serious commitment both to restraint in the free agent market and developing assets through the farm system.  A recent Brian Cashman quote:

You need a strong farm system that prevents you from being desperate in the free-agent market.  You don’t want to be desperate in the free-agent market, because you’ll get slaughtered.

If your way of thinking aligns with mine, hearing Cashman say this makes you glow inside.  During The Great Cliff Lee Experience, there was a continual narrative of "the Yankees always get their man."  However, for better or worse, Brian Cashman introduced a limit of financial commitment that he was unwilling to surpass and the organization will be going in a different direction.

Did I mention that I'm thrilled about this?  Now, it's time for Jesus Montero, Ivan Nova, Hector Noesi, Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances, Andrew Brackman, Brandon Laird, et al to cash the checks that my cyber-pen has been writing.  In that same vein:

The Yankees have signed 19 year old Leonel Vinas from Hank Steinbrenner's youth team.  Vinas was 12-0 with a 1.12 ERA and 168 strikeouts in 84 innings.  While that certainly looks shiny and Vinas may be a guy to keep your eye on, I'm not sure what type of competition "Hank's Yanks" are up against.

"Plenty to be excited about" in the Yankees farm system, according to

Russell Martin will be the starting catcher on opening day (if everything goes to plan), but for how long?