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The Yankees are getting younger

Dec 31, 2009, 10:27 AM EDT

Good observation at NoMaas: since Brian Cashman was given more or less complete control in 2005, the Yankees have gotten younger and younger, with the average age of the team’s pitchers clicking down nearly five years since then and the average age of the hitters going down nearly two years.

So sure, the Yankees’ payroll is staggering and they have a rep for bringing in the free agents. But they’re doing it wisely, peppering in some youngins here and there, and getting better in the process.

  1. Joe B - Dec 31, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    They gotten better at this, but the getting younger is partly because they are at the beginning of the spending binge. 2005 represented the end of their previous binge, and replacing one guy like Brown with one guy like Hughes will amount to about 2 years per average pitcher. Once guys like ARod, Tex, CC, etc., start hitting the end of their contracts, they’ll look a lot older.

  2. Simon DelMonte - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    The danger is that at this rate, the Yankees will consist entirely of teenagers by 2020. Though knowing Cashman, they will all be clones of the current stars.

  3. DiamondDuq - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Very true Joe but at the same time, at least with Tex and CC, those guys aren’t yet 30. Add in Cano, Granderson, Joba, Hughes and Montero who’s still in the minors and it’s not just one guy. They’ve got a nice balance of veterans and youth. If they continue along the path they’ve been on they’ll essentially stay young forever but I would like to see more high-end prospects coming out of their system and being incorporated, much like you see with Boston’s pitching or Tampa’s position players.

  4. justiceserved - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    More importantly they are getting better.

  5. Robinson42 - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    I agree, Kei Igawa was Brian Cashman’s finest moment.
    I doubt though that Craig and will dare point out Cashman’s many bad moves.

  6. baseball10 - Dec 31, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Andy Pettitte and Arod… bring on the youth, eh?

  7. Yankeeprospect - Jan 1, 2010 at 1:36 AM

    Yankee prospects are young men of outstanding character.
    Gerald Laird’s brother.

  8. Old Gator - Jan 1, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    It really isn’t difficult to think of the Borg as a collection of atavistic throwbacks.

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