This article by Tyler Kepner in today’s Times ties into the earlier thread regarding A-Rod and Soriano, if just a bit tenuously. YF, in comments, states that Soriano’s glaring failure in last year’s playoffs led to his departure this year. An accurate observation, YF should be able to make the connection between the organization’s impatience (Soriano has been around for a mere three years) and their dearth of high-quality prospects. The Yankees have been impatient with their few talented young players over the last 5 or 6 years, and look to have finally dealt themselves into a corner. In other words, if there is a need for an important filler piece, the Yankees are no longer a shoo-in to attain it. This is quite a change, and also an indictment of the front office and scouting department. One, they have been unable to attain young talent as attachments to trades. Two, they have drafted terribly.
So, the Bombers look to be out of trade options, beyond moving Dioner Navarro, their only legitimate intra-organizational replacement for an aging Posada. Either their cash will sway a partner, they trade their only remaining highly regarded prospect, or they will be left out in the cold.
The same may be said about the Red Sox – their system is being rebuilt by Theo, but currently their best prospects are Kelly Shoppach (who is the heir to Varitek, a free agent after the season) and Kevin Youkilis, who is now filling in for the hurt Bill Mueller. Hardly easily tradeable players, in the context of this year and next. Both teams may be looking at a blowback, a situation where they can’t outbid other contenders for the trading deadline flotsam and jetsam, simply because, at that time, cash doesn’t speak louder than prospects.