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May 28, 2013

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The Real Future Yankees

by Zachary Levine


Bryce Harper made his major league debut on April 28, 2012. It took 11 days for someone not only to project his future as a New York Yankee but also to put an outrageous salary number on it. Thirty-seven days later, ESPN wondered in its Yankees coverage about Harper’s future in pinstripes.

It’s a bit of an industry, making projections on who’s going to be a New York Yankee. Felix Hernandez was a future Yankee forever until the Mariners made sure that he wasn’t. Just this week, that infamous Royals graphic placed Mike Trout on the Yankees already. And the terrific New York Daily News-er and 80-grade Internet troll Andy Martino gave his Mets followers a little “FY” treatment regarding Matt Harvey.

It’s always fun to pick out which items the Yankees will be buying—what are the fancy stores now, like that watch shop that Rick Ross name-drops—but that’s just not the Yankees anymore. As they try to exercise some payroll restraint in accordance with the luxury tax, and as other teams extend their young players early instead of allowing themselves to be outbid, they’ve been doing their shopping at the K-Mart (nailed it) and turning out quite well.

The secret—well, it’s not really a secret—is their ballpark, and that’s where the search for who really should be the next Yankees ought to begin.

Since the house that YES built opened in 2009, the Yankees have been loading up on left-handed hitters who would provide much more value to them than to the average team. It’s a superb way to beat the market in a hypothetical world where everybody is willing to bid the same amount per unit of baseball value. Why offer more than that going rate when you can just get more baseball value out of the same asset?

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