The New York Yankees‘ signing of Jacoby Ellsbury is a great deal for the present time. The Yankees are clearly not looking at what the lineup is going to look like five or six years down the road. however. For some fans that want championships, that could be okay, but for those who are shaking their heads wondering what the future holds for this team, they have a right to be a bit perturbed.
In New York’s farm system, the team possesses three outfielders that are in their early 20s and by the ages of 24 or 25, could be ready to come up to the major league level and make an impact. Mason Williams, Slade Heathcott and Tyler Austin are the players that are waiting behind Ellsbury’s seven-year deal, two more years of Alfonso Soriano and another possible year or so behind Brett Gardner.
Right now, the trio do not have any place on the roster and may not have one for the next four or five years.
There is a choke hold on the Yankees’ farm system. To make matters even crazier, Brian McCann will have five years at the catcher spot before the Yankees decide to bring up its No. 2 prospect Gary Sanchez. Sanchez is only 21-years-old, but if he continues to drive in runs and slug the way he has in the minors, McCann could impede his progression.
It is interesting to see where the prospects lie with the Yankees, because they clearly do not view these players as the future of the club, but rather as trade chips for the future big-name acquisitions.