BronXBombers51 wrote:As much as I like what the Rays are doing, I don't think the Yankees are getting any more vulnerable. They might miss the playoffs this year, but I'm very excited at what their future holds. They cut $80 million in payroll after this year, and $20 more after 2009. In two years they will have essentially eliminated half of their payroll and wiped the slate clean from all of the awful dealings that they've made since 2002.
Now, of course they could just go out and re-spend all the money on overpriced players again, but I don't see an indication that they will. They've been a lot more weary of signing outside talent to big deals since Cashman re-signed with the team. They've also gone from the #27 farm system in baseball in 2004 to the #5 this year. A 2009 Opening Day roster with Posada, Cano, Rodriguez, Jeter, Damon, Cabrera and Matsui is still one of the tops in the league, and they can use some of that $80 million to fill the hole at 1B (Teixiera?). As you mentioned, they have Tabata and Jackson waiting in the wings for when Damon and Matsui leave after 2009. And they'll have a pitching staff built around Hughes, Chamberlain, Wang and Kennedy, with Rivera still at the back of that bullpen and plenty of capable MRs like Ohlendorf, Albaladejo, Bruney, Ramirez, Britton and more.
I just think that while Tampa is getting very good, the Yankees are also improving their situation. If the Yankees can couple efficient management decisions with their ability to spend money, they can be deadly.
I see them signing Sabathia before they sign Teixeira.