Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Yankee Advantage

It really IS about the money, isn't it? Here's how the Yanks are (could and should) use their financial advantages:

The Yankees have signed Brett Marshall, a high school pitcher selected in the June First-Year Player Draft, to one of the largest contracts ever given to a sixth-round pick...
The Yankees essentially gave the sixth-round pick the kind of money normally spent on first-round supplemental picks.
During the Draft, Marshall said he heard from the Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, and Kansas City Royals. But Marshall said all of those teams told him they would like to draft him in the first three rounds and Marshall told them he wasn't interested in signing with them.
Now, I have NO idea if this kid will be anything or not, but to toss $1M around at someone with his potential, keeping him out of the hands of others, is a fine risk. Given the amount of money this team will generate in TNYS, it's a mere pittance (H/T to Neyer for that link).

Investing in the draft (and internationally) is the best thing the Yanks can do.

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