The proof is in the pickupsBy
A comment over at YF vs SF got me thinking, how much of the Yanks projected 25-man roster is homegrown, and ditto the Sawx. Based on a quick glance at their respective sites, I came up with the following:
7 homegrown (Jeter, Mo, Cano, Wang, Posada, Phillips, Melky)
5 traded for
12 free agent signings
1 misc (Josh Phelps, Rule V draft)
5 homegrown (Hansen, Delcarmen, Pedroia, Papelbon, Lester)
10 traded for
9 free agent signings
1 misc (Kyle Snyder, waiver pickup)
Any Japanese imports were considered free agent signings, not homegrown players (each team had 2 apiece). I had to make some assumptions about the last pieces of the bullpen, so I figured that Villone and Britton would make it for the Yanks, and Delcarmen and Hansen would round out the Sox ‘pen, which increased the amount of homegrown Sox players by 66.7%. I also gave the Sox credit for John Lester, which I consider pretty generous.
I’m a bit shocked that only 5 current Yanks were traded for (Britton, Abreu, A-Rod, Nieves, and Proctor), but the 12 FAs doesn’t strike me as unusual.
So what does this tell me? The Yanks produce stars, the Sox produce mostly borderline major leaguers. There, my logic is flawless.