So it's okay to buy players, just don't buy the best players.
Noted. I'll be sure to relay the message to Yankee ownership.
Nuh-uh. Buy the best players where you can. But he's right in that the methodology that just looks at 'Well, this guy and this were were Free Agents, and these were homegrown and these were trades' is BS. Especially when it doesn't take account of 'homegrown' players signed to huge free agent deals.
I mean, look at the 2004 Sox, since they appear to be everyone's favourite punchbag right now.
Example one: Schilling, Pedro, Lowe, and Varitek were acquired in trades.
Except that Schilling/Pedro were high-priced superstars (or, in Pedro's case, very good established player on the cusp of stardom), who was being traded because his team didn't want to pay his contract, for fairly middling prospects/Shea Hillenbrand.
Lowe and Varitek came over for an established player, as prospects. The latter made his debut as a Red Sox, and the former had only thrown a handful of innings for the M's prior to the trade, and became an established Major Leaguer in Boston.
Or the Free Agents. You may note that Manny, Damon, Mueller, Bellhorn, Wakefield and Ortiz were listed as 'Free Agents.'
But you can't tell me the situations are remotely similar. Manny was a top five hitter in the game when he arrived in Boston on a massive Free Agent deal. Damon was another established player they got by outbidding anyone else who was interested.
Ortiz had been cut by the Twins. Wakefield by the pirates. Bellhorn was paid $700,000, and was essentially a roll-the-dice backup type who earned his way into the team. Mueller was a middling free agent- he was an established player, but no star, and he was actually paid less by Boston than he had earned the year before he joined them.
These situations are DIFFERENT. As are the situations whereby the Indians traded for Matt LaPorta, and the Yankees traded for A-Rod. In the same way that treating both Jeter and Joba as 'homegrown' completely ignores the former's $190m contract.
The better methodology, surprisingly enough, is to look at payroll.
[Braces himself, and awaits the Yankee fans calling him bitter, even though nowhere in this post have I criticised the Yankees for their business practices].
Neato Torpedo wrote:And mweir, for the love of god please stop using "it's within the rules" as a backing reason. Very important rule of debate: just because it's so doesn't mean it ought to be so.
Then your issue is with the rules, not the Yankees.